Job Type: Ministerial
Reports To: Caregiving Supervisor

Position Description:

In this full-time, benefited position, the Medication Caregiver serves a supportive role, acting as an advocate for the guest/family/caregiver.  The position of Medication Caregiver provides personal care, delivery of medication in accordance with the hospice plan of care along with emotional, spiritual care for the guest and their circle.

Key Tasks:

• Pray daily for the needs of the guests, families, staff and volunteers at Porta Caeli House
• Provide quality end-of-life (EOL) care and support to the guest/family/caregiver as directed by the Porta Caeli House in compliance with the hospice agency Plan of Care, the guest’s preferences, and the policies of Porta Caeli House (PCH)
• Act as a liaison to the hospice agency and advocate for the hospice patients admitted to PCH
• Implement the hospice plan of care as prescribed by the hospice agency
• Anticipate the guests’ needs including pain and symptom management as well as psychosocial and spiritual concerns all the while reporting any variances or needs to the hospice agency
• Work collaboratively with co-workers, hospice physicians, nurses, social worker, chaplains and other medical professionals to provide the highest quality EOL care to guests at PCH
• Interact with guests and their families providing support through their stay at PCH
• Conduct a thorough guest assessment each shift in order to address any symptoms in a timely manner
• Work with guests and families to help them gain knowledge they need in preparation for the worsening condition and eventual death of the guest
• Administer and account for all narcotic medications via shift counts and documentation
• Provide routine personal care as requested by guest/family/caregiver in accordance with the mission of PCH and the hospice Plan of Care
• Complete accurate and timely documentation according to the policies of PCH
• Provide knowledge and guidance for the volunteer caregivers as directed by PCH administration
• Provide emotional and spiritual support to guests and their families during the dying process
• Notify the Caregiving Supervisor or On-Call Administration of guest concerns, household issues or changes in scheduled assignments
• Perform other relevant duties as requested/ required

Key Skills:

• Past experience in end-of-life care, loss and grieving
• Ability to collaborate with others; ability to initiate and plan work activities alongside other team members
• Current Food Handlers Permit
• Possesses and maintains good physical stamina and mental health
• Able to cope with family emotional stress and tolerant of individual lifestyles
• Has excellent observation and communication skills
• Is flexible and cooperative in fulfilling role obligations and has the ability to work with in a team environment
• Has presented a pre-employment physician’s health clearance including a negative TB skin test and drug test, as required by PCH policy
• Completes Virtus Training (provided)

Key Attributes:

Commitment to the mission of Porta Caeli House
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel and/or crouch
May be exposed to blood, body tissue and fluids, airborne contaminants, as well as other hazardous waste materials
The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 250 pounds, using proper body mechanics