UnityPoint Health

  • Home Hospice Aide-Des Moines

    Requisition ID
    Nursing Aides, Assistants, and Techs
    11333 Aurora Ave
    9400 UnityPoint at Home Affiliate
    SN Visits- Hosp- DM
    Scheduled Hours/Shift
    Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm, every 5th weekend
    Work Type (Portal Searching)
    Full Time Benefits
  • Overview

    UnityPoint At Home 

    Home Hospice Aide 

    Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Every 5th Weekend 





    • Ensures quality and safe delivery of services to patients according to individualized care plan under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
    • Uses equipment and supplies safely, effectively, and efficiently
    • Consistently utilizes a holistic approach considering physical, psych/social, spiritual, educational, safety and related criteria appropriate to the age of the patients served
    • Possesses communication skills, including the ability to read, write, and verbally report clinical information to patients, caregivers, and hospice staff.
    • Recognizes the influence of personal, spiritual, and cultural values on perceptions regarding death and dying and their impact on quality of life.
    • Hospice Aide services will be ordered by the Interdisciplinary Group and included in the plan of care.
    • Reports changes in the patient’s medical, nursing, and social needs to a Registered Nurse as the changes relate to the plan of care.
    • Completes appropriate documentation in an accurate and timely manner and in compliance with the hospice program’s policies and procedures.
    • Creates successful interpersonal relationships with patients/families while maintaining personal and professional boundaries.
    • Demonstrates listening skills and offers comforting presence to patients/families.
    • Completes a minimum of twelve (12) hours of continuing education programs (3 hours per quarter) or approved Net Learning offerings each year.
    • Completes the Hospice Aide Competency Evaluation of skills each year with a satisfactory result.
    • Provides the following essential care to patients under the direction of a Registered Nurse:
    • Reading and recording temperature, pulse, and respiration.
    • Basic infection control procedures.
    • Maintenance of a clean, safe, and healthy environment.
    • Uses appropriate and safe techniques in performing personal hygiene and grooming tasks that include:  
      • Bed bath
      • Tub and shower bath
      • Hair shampoo (sink, tub, and bed)
      • Nail and skin care, including shaving
      • Oral hygiene
      • Toileting and elimination
      • Measure and record intake and output
      • Change bed linens
      • Change simple, non-sterile dressings
      • Launder clothing and bed linens
    • Safe transfer techniques and ambulation
    • Normal range of motion and positioning
    • Adequate nutrition and fluid intake
    •  Hospice Relief Support
    • Communicates with Interdisciplinary Team and participates in care coordination to achieve high quality care.
    • Demonstrates accountability to patients, families, colleagues, and organization staff.
    • Maintains regular and consistent attendance at work.
    • Notifies Registered Nurse of any changes in patient’s behavior or condition.
    • Behaves in a manner consistent with Mission, Vision, Values and Expectations for Excellence.
    • Maintains compliance with OSHA, Accreditation Standards and Risk Management guidelines.
    • Performs responsibilities within the aides scope of practice and maintain compliance with Personnel policies and procedures.
    • Behaves in a manner consistent with all Corporate Compliance policies and procedures.
    • Performs other duties as requested by the Clinical Manager to facilitate smooth and effective operations of the organization.
    • Meets measures as determined and required for job productivity and performance improvement.
    • Participates in quality assurance and performance improvement activities as assigned.
    • Employee is responsible for completion of communication tasks and activities in a timely manner. This would include, but is not limited to: responding to email, voicemail or telephone messages, promptly, accurately, and professionally; attending staff meetings as scheduled or viewing videotapes of those meetings; asking questions of team members and supervisors when needing clarification about various day-to-day issues or patient needs; and reviewing employee communication pieces, to stay aware of UPAH programs and initiatives.



    General supervision is received from the Clinical Manager or Clinical Supervisor



    • High School diploma or GED
    • Completion of a Nursing Assistant Training Program of a minimum of 75 hours
    • Valid Iowa or Illinois certification.
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work as a collaborative team member across service lines as position requires.
    • Ability to understand and apply guidelines, policies and procedures.
    • Age specific care and reporting of Dependent Adult and Child Abuse training with in one month of employment.
    • CPR Certification.
    • Valid Mandatory Reporter course completion by state(s) requirement
    • Valid, licensed driver, with automobile insurance in accordance with state and/or organizational requirements (not required for Hospice Aides hired to work in the IPU)
    • Proficiency with computer applications (i.e. Excel, Word, Access)



    • 2-5 years hospice experience in a nursing or hospice facility
    • Completion of a 120 hour Nursing Assistant course and holds current State of Iowa Certification.



    All staff are expected to participate in appropriate continuing education. You are required to complete:

    • 12 hours of Aide Specific Training per year (3 per quarter)
    • Mandatory Report: Child & Dependent Adult Abuse
    • CPR: Maintain a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider Card with Re-certification.
    • Accept personal responsibility for other educational activities to enhance job-related skills and abilities.
    • All staff must attend patient care staff meetings as well as all mandatory educational programs.
    • Back Training Safety.
    • Other training and communication sessions as scheduled.



    The following behavior is expected from those employed by this organization:


    Demonstration of UPH Values and Standards of Behavior

    Foster Unity:

    ·         Leverage the skills and abilities of each person to enable great teams

    ·         Collaborate across department, facilities, business units, and regions

    ·         Seek to understand and are open to diverse thoughts and perspectives

    Own The Moment:

    ·         Connect with each person treating them with courtesy, compassion, empathy and respect

    ·         Enthusiastically engage in our work

    ·         Accountable to our individual actions and our team performance

    ·         Responsible for solving problems regardless of the origin

    Champion Excellence

    ·         Commit to the best outcomes and highest quality

    ·         Have relentless focus on exceeding expectations

    ·         Believe in sharing our results, learning from our mistakes and celebrating our successes

    Seize Opportunities

    ·         Embrace and promote innovation and transformation

    ·         Create partnerships that improve care delivery in our communities

    ·         Have the courage to challenge the status quo



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