Homemaker/Companion

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Summary:  The Companion is a front line position acting as a representative Tender Loving Family Care, Inc. and providing the services offered by the company.  The Companion duties are not limited to those listed as the position has a wide scope of duties at times dependent on the client and always under the auspices of the company.  The Companion will mostly work independently of co-workers or supervisors and therefore must balance good judgement and initiative along with the policies of the company.

It should be noted that emphasis is for the Companion to involve the client in the care program to help provide the client with the basic standards of healthy living as follows:

Physical Activity,   Nutrition,  Mental Stimulation, Relaxation, Personal Contact, Humor

Work Hours:  This position may require various shifts at various times (including nights, weekends, and live-in) in one or more work sites.

Duties and Responsibilities:  The following list of duties is a guideline of possible duties to be performed independently or as a group of duties in the course of working with the client.  The Companion duties are not limited to those listed.

  1. A.    Companionship *This is the primary function*

One of the most important aspects of Tender Loving Family Care, Inc. will be providing customers with a strong sense of self-esteem and independence.  Taking a genuine interest in the client, their life and their environment will help create true sense of companionship.  Whether it is playing a favorite board game or card game, reading, taking a stroll or visiting with friends and neighbors, companionship provides the depth of our services.

  1. B.     Housekeeping, Laundry, and Pet Care (Secondary functions; as-needed)

The companion will provide dusting, washing hardwood and flooring, vacuuming carpets and furniture, changing bedding, scrubbing the bathroom; pre-washing, washing, drying, ironing and folding laundry; defrosting refrigerators/freezers; cleaning ovens/stoves and china cabinets; caring for house plants; taking out garbage and general tidying of living spaces as required or requested. It also includes caring for pets including grooming, feeding, exercising, walking, playing, cleaning up after the pet.

  1. C.    Kitchen Work (Secondary functions; as-needed)

Grocery shopping, preparing menus and meals, cooking, baking, serving, assisting with eating, washing and drying dishes and general tidying up is included.

  1. D.    Transportation and Escort (Secondary functions; as-needed)

A companion may drive their car and transport a client to an appointment or errand if the companion has written authorization from the company to do so.  The companion may also escort the client to appointments or errands providing a helping hand or shoulder to lean on.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee will be expected to perform other reasonable related duties as assigned.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Current certificate in standard first aid and CPR helpful.
  2. Valid driver’s license/State Issued ID and reliable transportation
  3. Ability to work independently.
  4. Excellent communication and listening skills.
  5. Compassionate, patient and caring nature.
  6. Able to work in a stressful environment.
  7. Must be physically and mentally fit to handle the demands of care giving.

General Notes: The Companion will be required to maintain a safe working environment for themselves and their clients.  There may be emergency situations where the Companion will have to react quickly with sound judgment. The scope of duties described in this document may not include all duties to be performed by the Companion and is subject to change.

Education/Experience: High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or up to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Ability: Ability to read, analyzes, and interprets business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from clients, customers, and the general public.

Math Ability: Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Certificates and Licenses: Valid driver’s license/State ID

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.