Great caregivers do whatever is needed for those who have a need for that “extra set of hands around the house”. Caregivers keep a home running as normally as possible and make it possible for the client to stay at home in the place they love, instead of moving. Following you will find information on the services that we offer; we hope that you will find the information to be useful for that extra set of hands around the house. We are members of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, as well as being contract providers with the Lancaster County Office of Aging. Our owners, Shawn and Kathy Spence, are active in the community both thru service organizations like Rotary International and their church, Grace Community. You can learn more about our staff and services at our website at www.PA-HomeCare.com. Our professional staff is insured and bonded and undergoes a thorough background review. And just as importantly, “With Hearts and Hands, We Care”, and you can too.

Typical Duties Include:
Grooming assistance – Hair care, shaving, oral care and skin care.
Bathing assistance – Shower assistance, tub bath, bed bath, basin bath.
Dressing assistance – Assisting with dressing and undressing client, clothing selection.
Toileting assistance – Bathroom, bedside commode, urinal, bedpan or diapers.
Ambulation assistance – Use of walker, cane, gait belt or crutches.
Transferring – From bed, wheelchair, low chair, use of lift, turning client in bed.
Medication reminders – Not dosing or administering of meds.
Cleaning for client safety and comfort – Kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, laundry, changing sheets, and light housework of client’s living spaces.
Meals – Shopping for food, cooking food, following special diets, serving food.
Emotional support – Companionship, teaching, having conversations, playing cards, reading.
Transportation – Errands, medical appointments.
Shopping – Groceries, clothing, medication pick-ups.
Communication – Coordinating patient care with other members of health care team. Reporting changes in patient condition to family, agency and medical team. Keep records of patient care.

Working Conditions:
Caregivers work in the clients homes. They must be able to bend down, lift, and do other things associated with cleaning, cooking and caregiving. They must also be able to handle patient suffering that might be due to physical or emotional problems at home. Since most clients can not be left alone, caregivers will be required to take a meal break as needed, and not leave the clients home during the break.

Training Requirements:
Formal training is not required to start working as a non-medical in-home caregiver. It is helpful (though not necessary) to complete specialized training to obtain a Home Health Aide certificate or Certified Nursing Assistant. Training will cover basic nutrition, meal planning and preparation, home cleaning tasks, techniques for bathing, turning and transferring the client. Skills assessment will be performed by a Registered Nurse and attendance at ongoing, regularly scheduled training is mandatory.

Other Requirements:
You must have a valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License and access to a reliable car, pass a comprehensive set of employment background checks, be a legal resident of the United States or have valid work VISA, be able to read and write English, agree to PPD testing (the results of which will be kept on file) and have sympathy for and interest in caring for the elderly and sick at home. Your compassionate heart for caring and helping is invaluable and absolutely necessary to be successful as a PA HOME CARE caregiver. “With Hearts and Hands, We Care” and we hope you do too.

PA HOME CARE specializes in affordable, personal, non-medical assistance to help make every-day life easier. We sincerely hope to be of help to a wide variety of those in need; from new moms/families, to those in recuperative care, to elders facing the challenges of daily life. Our goal is to keep our clients happy and healthy in the comfort of their own homes. We are available by the hour, for the day, or long-term, round-the-clock for as long as we are needed. PA HOME CARE of Lancaster has over a decade of experience in providing care throughout Lancaster County. We’re confident we can help, with the valued assistance of our Quality Care Assistants, our caregivers. Won’t you join us?

If there are further questions we can answer for you, please feel free to call us at 717-464-2006 orĀ email us at PAHC@PA-HomeCare.com, or visit our website atwww.PA-HomeCare.com (look for the “contact us” tab and select “employment”). We look forward to meeting you.