Home Health Aide - Program Assistant

Expiring today

Health Department, Virginia
$39,270.61 - $65,450.53 Annually
Feb 20, 2021
Mar 06, 2021
Program Manager
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Fairfax County Health Department is a progressive public health leader serving 1.2 million residents from diverse ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds. With more than 100 years of leadership in the field, we are committed to promoting population health, protecting public health and the environment, and ensuring residents' equitable access to health services and information.

Fairfax County Health Department is seeking Home Health Aides to assist recreation therapists with planning, organizing and providing therapeutic recreational and social activities, in person and using virtual platforms such as Zoom. Provide 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). Assist 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). Help with the nutrition program by maintaining statistics, ordering meals, setting up and serving food.

Note: Multiple positions may be hired from this announcement. Health Department positions are designated as essential and is part of the County’s emergency response which operates seven days a week. Based on emergency response deployment demands, this position may be reassigned to provide support as determined by the emergency response service needs. May be required to perform job duties outside of the typical office setting.

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 a GED.

Driver's License

First Aid (Required within 12 months)

AED-Required within 60 days

CPR -Required within 60 days

Limited Food Handlers Certification-Required within 1 year

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background investigation, a Child Protective Services (CPS) check, a driving records check, and a sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer. Tuberculosis Test.

Preferred candidates will have experience working with older adults with multiple chronic conditions including dementia. Experience in leading group activities in person and using virtual platform; 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.


Employee is required to walk, stand for long periods of time (i.e. 1 to 2 hours), bend, sit, kneel, reach, climb stairs and participate in recreational therapy. Must be able to exchange accurate information with other verbally and in writing. Uses hands to grasp, handle, or feel. Visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor. Ability to drive a vehicle. Incumbent must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment and computer. Ability to assist with client transfers from sitting to standing and standing to sitting and lift up to 50 pounds. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

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 status as a veteran 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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