Program Assistant (home Health Aide)

Mclean, Virginia
$43,128.18 - $71,879.60 Annually
Jun 10, 2023
Jun 24, 2023
Program Manager
Full Time
Job Announcement

Facilitates and implements daily person centered care programs coordinated by the recreation therapist which include: social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and recreational activities, but are not limited to using virtual platforms such as Zoom. Provides assistance with activities of daily living, personal care such as bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting, oral hygiene, nail care, transferring and walking for both males and females, taking vital signs, and using personal protective equipment (PPE). Assists in providing a quality therapeutic recreation program for a specialized population(s) of individuals, 18 and older, with a variety of diagnoses and multiple disabilities in the Adult Day Health Care Center (ADHC). Helps with the nutrition program by maintaining statistics, ordering meals, setting up and serving food.

Illustrative Duties

  • Provides personal care services, assisting with activities of daily living for participants in the ADHC Program;
  • Insures the safety and well being of participants during personal care by using appropriate precautions and guidelines;
  • Assists with clinical services such as vital signs, strength training and special therapies;
  • Monitors for and reports changes in participants' behavior, participation in activities, eating/personal habits and general well-being;
  • Works to maintain an overall pleasant environment in the center;
  • Participates and contributes in staff meetings and daily rounds;
  • Assists with planning, sets up and conducts therapeutic recreational activities as scheduled;
  • Replenishes supplies as necessary and stores activity equipment after use;
  • Completes documentation in accordance with agency protocol, licensing and Medicaid requirements;
  • Under the direction of the Senior Home Health Aide, plans and serves meals, based on special dietary needs of participants, and requirements of CMP, licensing and health department;
  • Maintains a clean, safe, pleasant and healthy environment in the dining area and kitchen;
  • Observes and assists participants during meals.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to accurately observe, record and note changes in behavior, participation, and general well-being of participants;
  • Ability to prioritize competing demands of participant care and documentation;
  • Ability to learn protocols and procedures for safely and effectively assisting physically and mentally impaired adults with the activities of daily living;
  • Ability to assist with client transfers from sitting to standing and standing to sitting;
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs;
  • Ability to communicate clearly in English both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with cognitively impaired adults;
  • Ability to establish and maintain friendly rapport with physically and/or mentally disabled adults;
  • Ability to learn procedures for managing anxious, agitated or aggressive behavior;
  • Ability to learn safe food handling practices.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to a High School
Diploma or GED.

  • CPR, First Aid, and AED certifications (within 60 days of hire)
  • Limited Food Handlers Certification (within 60 days of hire)

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry check, and sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer. A Tuberculosis Test screening upon hire.

This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies.)

  • Experience working with older adults with multiple chronic conditions including dementia;
  • Experience in leading group activities in person and using virtual platforms;
  • Knowledge using the internet to conduct searches to assist in planning recreational activities;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.

Position is active in nature. Must be able to monitor and observe the activities of program participants. Regularly moves about or positions self to supervise and interact with participants at their level. Occasionally lifts, transports, positions, push/pulls or moves up to 50 pounds. Must be sufficiently mobile and possess a range of motion to perform repetitive standing, walking, balancing, stooping, bending, crouching, crawling, sitting on the floor, reaching, squatting, kneeling, and twisting. Ability to react quickly to the physical actions of a program participant. Requires the ability to apply CPR and First Aid skills as needed and respond to emergency situations. Administrative and supervisory activities will require the ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing. Sufficiently mobile to attend meetings at various locations and make presentations to county staff and community. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel Interview and may include a practical exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.


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