Supportive Home Care Aides support physically or mentally challenged clients in their everyday lives. Supportive Aides are certified and specially trained caregivers who work with people suffering with behavioral health problems or from Alzheimer’s Disease or related Dementia (ADRD).
Supportive Home Care Aides
Supportive Aides provide services in clients’ homes offering specialized support like Habilitation Therapy, an approach to caring for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia that was developed at the Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
Supportive Care Aide Job Description
Supportive Aides keep clients healthy and improve the quality of their lives. People with mental illness, behavior health problems, or Alzheimer’s and dementia often need support with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). In some cases, clients may need support with mobility, too. With special training, Supportive Aides are able to prevent clients from becoming confused or upset when trying to complete routine tasks. Instead, they help their clients feel safe, secure and able to enjoy familiar activities. In addition to supporting their personal care, Supportive Aides drive to appointments, help with housekeeping, and spend time with their clients enjoying favorite pastimes.
The team at Connected Home Care works with Personal Care Aides to make sure all of their clients receive the level of support they need to continue feeling safe, comfortable and connected to their homes and communities. Connected Home Care offers flexible schedules, paid holidays, salary reviews, regular employee recognition, training and other benefits.
Skills and Credentials:
· Sensitivity to the special needs of people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia (ADRD)
· Attention to detail
· Ability to follow care plans and schedules
· Certification with the MA Nurse State Aide Registry
· Training in ADRD caregiving a plus
· High School Diploma
· Massachusetts Drivers License
· CPR and First Aid Training
- A mature person 18 or older
- High school education or equivalent is preferred but not mandatory
- Has an interest in working with elders
- Possess a driver’s license and a reliable car
- Is able to understand and carry out directions and instructions of written care plan, recorded messages and keep records
- Flexible, sensitive to the needs of others, reliable and able to cope with emergencies
What A Supportive Home Care Aide Does
Supportive Home Ccare Aides help elders with activities, light housekeeping, and running errands so they can continue to live in their homes.
1) Help With In Home Acts of Daily Living (ADLs)
Supportive Aides help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), including:
· Brushing hair and teeth
· Using the bathroom
· Meal preparation, special diets, and healthy eating
· Medication reminders
People with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia require special support with ADLs. By helping their clients with personal care, proper meals, and prescription drug compliance, Supportive Aides allow their clients to stay in their homes safely and enjoy some independence.
2) Light Housekeeping
Maintaining a clean, uncluttered home is an important part of caring for people with Alzheimer’s. Supportive Aides often help with light housekeeping, including:
· Linen changes
People with Alzheimer’s and related dementia can become confused easily. Supportive Aides can help their clients feel secure by keeping their home environment organized. Supportive Aides help by keeping clothing arranged for easy access. They maintain order in the kitchen and make sure regularly used dishes and utensils are easy to find. Supportive Aides help clients use familiar appliances and objects like tea kettles, toasters, telephones and remote controls. Supportive Aides create a safe, healthy environment and work to reduce any confusion or frustration their clients may feel.
3) Run Errands and Medical Appointment Transportation
Supportive Aides help people with Alzheimer’s by driving them to stores and medical appointments. These errands and appointments can include trips to the:
· Grocery Store
· Hardware Store
· Post Office
· Doctor’s Office
· Dentist’s Office
Supportive Aides help their clients keep track of food and household items. They make sure that any spoiled food is discarded and replaced with fresh, healthy options that comply with special dietary needs.
Another important role for Supportive Aides is to bring their clients to doctors’ offices. Medical appointments can be stressful for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Having a familiar companion at their side, while they are waiting, when they receive instructions and when they need to schedule their next appointment, reduces anxiety and confusion.
How Connected Home Care Ensures Your Success
At Connected Home Care, all of your clients will have a Case Manager Nurse who supervises their care and keeps a record of their service needs. You will work with Client Care Plans that detail the support clients need. Our plans will also include client background information such as any special sensitivities, their personal preferences, passions, and interests. Case Managers match Supportive Home Care Aides with clients best suited to their skills and shared interests.
Case Managers will also go on the first visit to introduce you to the client and help with the transition. They will ensure you are familiar with the client’s home and their individual needs. Case Managers and Supportive Home Care Aides will continue to work together to assess a client's needs and update Care Plans accordingly.
Care Plans have information about a client’s ability to perform tasks and their personal interests. For example, a Care Plan will list:
· Supports for some or all Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
· Medication schedule
· Dietary needs and meal preferences
· Household tasks
· Emergency information
· Names and phone numbers of doctors
· Hobbies, passions, favorite pastimes
With the support and companionship of their Supportive Home Care Aide, older adults can live in the safety and comfort of their own home longer.
Join Our Team Today!
At Connected Home Care, we offer training and advancement opportunities for all of our employees. Our team helps you learn more, earn more and get ahead. Additionally, we strive to create a supportive environment, with regular employee recognition, social events, coaching and mentoring. If you are interested in making a difference in someone’s life, working for a growing company, and meeting other supportive professionals who care about your career goals, click here to search our job openings!
Supportive Care Aide - Elder Care Services
- Transfer assistance, including Hoyer life
- Meal preparation
- Support for all Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
- Local Transportation: Drive to Grocery Store, Activities, Doctor's Appointments
- Assistance with Light Housekeeping: Laundry, Dishes
Massachusetts Service Areas We're Hiring For:
Burlington Office – Arlington, Billerica, Burlington, Carlisle, Lexington, Wilmington, Winchester, Woburn
Concord Office – Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Concord, Littleton, Lincoln, Maynard, Stow
Framingham Office – Ashland, Framingham, Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, Westborough
Gloucester Office – Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester by the sea, Rockport, Topsfield, Wenham
Malden Office – Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield, Winthrop
Peabody Office – Danvers, Marblehead, Middleton, Peabody, Salem
Waltham Office – Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston