Job Type: Ministerial
Reports To: Clinical Director

Position Description: In this part-time, non-benefited position, the caregiver serves in an assistive and supportive role, acting as an advocate for the guest/family/caregiver. The purpose of this home is to improve care for all guests who are terminally ill and specifically to extend Christ’s love to those in need through compassionate end-of-life care, when dying at home is not an option.

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 nursing staff, 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 PCH nursing staff and advocate for hospice patients admitted to PCH
 Anticipate the guests’ needs including psychosocial and spiritual concerns and report any variances or needs to the PCH nursing staff
 Work collaboratively with hospice nurses, social workers, chaplains and other medical professionals to provide quality EOL support to guests at PCH
 Work with guests, families and nursing staff to help them gain the knowledge they need in preparation for the worsening condition and eventual death of the guest
 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 volunteer caregivers as directed by PCH administration
 Notify the Clinical Director or On-Call Director of guest concerns, household issues or changes in scheduled assignments
 Provide emotional and spiritual support to guests and their families during the dying process
 Perform other relevant duties as requested/required

Key Skills:
 
After receiving training, be able to articulate Catholic teaching with a commitment to its application in the job function
 Past experience in end-of-life care, loss and grieving
 Ability to collaborate with others; ability to initiate and plan work activities under the direction of nursing staff
 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 within a team environment
 Has presented a pre-employment physician’s health clearance including a negative TB skin test and as required by PCH policy

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 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds