Home Care Aides needed ASAP! Westfield Area, All Shifts Available

Westfield, MA

About Us

For more than 30 years, O'Connell's has been a reliable source of home care for individuals, families, and community facilities. Founded in 1987 by Fran O’Connell, the goal for our agency back then, and still today, is to provide a level of personalized care that helps restore our patients’ enjoyment for life and overall well-being. We are committed to providing the best possible care for our clients so that they can remain active members of the community and continue to thrive well into their elder years.

Why O’Connell’s?

O’Connell’s is a family-owned business that continues to breed a family-oriented culture. The team we have here is bright, passionate and dedicated to growing our agency to a new level of success in the coming years. We take great pride in the workplace that we built which is oftentimes described as fun, efficient and progressive; and we need new team players who can look beyond the tactical day to day to the big picture future of O’Connell Care at Home. If any of that sounds exciting to you, then please keep reading into the details of the job description below! 

Training: We are continually investing in the skills, development, and well-being education for all of our team members. We offer free certification programs to help you elevate your career in home care. We also offer continuous education to meet CEU requirements in our field. 

The Position

We have an immediate need for home care aides. Most of our clients are very isolated and unlikely to spread COVID-19 to our caregivers, but their increased isolation means that they need in-home help now more than ever! Please continue to read through our Workplace COVID-19 Precautions below to learn more about how we are keeping our staff and clients safe.

*COVID-19 Pre-Cautions*

**** Please note that all employees of O'Connell Care at Home must be fully vaccinated by Oct 31st, 2021****
O’Connell Care at Home continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and well-being of its clients and staff during the pandemic and beyond. Many parts of our new hire process are completed virtually. When visiting the office, you will notice the high priority we place on maintaining social distancing and proper cleaning/disinfecting protocols. Our office managers will explain more about how you should prepare to come into one of our offices before your interview or orientation.

We are taking every precaution necessary to ensure your safety, such as:

  • Pre shift symptom surveys
  • Designated internal COVID-19 Workforce Team
  • Daily sanitization of our offices
  • Social distancing practices
  • Infection prevention and control practices
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Adherence to CDC guidelines

 When you join the O’Connell’s team, you will:

  • Be supplied with all necessary PPE; including masks, gloves, gowns and protective eyewear.
  • Be trained on the proper usage and how to wear the PPE effectively and safely.
  • Be trained on our company guidelines in regards to “Social Distancing” in all our offices
  • Be trained on our company guidelines in regards to “Cleaning and Disinfecting” in all our offices
  • Be expected to adhere to CDC and Massachusetts guidelines for Workplace Safety Standards

We understand and can empathize with the emotions of going into a COVID-19 positive home. That’s why we are offering pay rate incentives to those aides who are willing to work with a COVID-19 positive client.

Performance Responsibilities

As a Home Care Aide, you will assist clients with personal care and home management tasks as directed by the care plan and within scope of certification. Including, but not limited to the following:

  • Ensures quality and safe delivery of personal care under the supervision of a licensed nurse.
  • Monitors client health conditions and records appropriate information.
  • Performs household tasks such as light housework, laundry, shopping and meal preparation.
  • Clearly and appropriately communicates any changes in client’s status to appropriate staff person.
  • Always maintains standard precautions including proper use of personal protective equipment.
  • Respects client’s privacy and maintains client confidentiality.
  • Establishes and maintains therapeutic relationships with clients and maintains professional boundaries.
  • Utilizes proper body mechanics.
  • To ensure quality and safety in the delivery of all client care and services.
  • To maintain a professional demeanor that reflects the agency philosophy and standards.
  • To maintain client confidentiality, accurate records and submit all required documentation to agency on a timely basis.
  • To provide accurate availability and adhere to agency availability policy.
  • To report any suspected elder abuse promptly.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Demonstrates ability to read, write and speak English in order to maintain accurate records and to understand and carry out directions.
  • High school diploma or completion of GED required.
  • Has successfully completed state approved training for PCHM, CHHA and/or CNA.
  • Demonstrates competency in all skills required for level of certification.
  • Is flexible, sensitive and responsive to the needs of others.
  • Is reliable, punctual, and manages time well.
  • Demonstrates maturity and ability to deal effectively with stress and job demands including emergencies.
  • Has good observation skills and the ability to communicate observations effectively to clients, family, and agency staff as appropriate.
  • Is able to work independently without on-site supervision.
  • Mental Health: Employees must demonstrate maturity and the ability to deal effectively with emotionally demanding and stressful situations such as client death, pain, or other difficult issues.

Physical Specifications of Home Care Aides

Equipment commonly used by home care aides: Hoyer lift, trans aide, slide board, prostheses, canes, walkers, wheelchairs, other DME. Training on the above equipment will be provided as well as a field demonstration by the nursing team upon first use of such equipment.

Bending:             Frequent bending is required to care for clients in their

                           beds and/or chairs (i.e.: tying clients’ shoes, foot care,

                           assisting with other personal care duties).             

Lifting:                 Frequent lifting of clients is required in transfer from bed to

                           chair, chair to bed, etc.  Lifting of various objects may be

                           required, as well.  Approximate pounds required to lift will

                           vary according to the size of clients, and objects.

Standing:            Is required and may account for up to 90% of employee time

                         On surfaces varying from hardwood floors or carpeting to concrete. 

                         Employee will be required to stand stationery for a period of time while

                         providing client care.

Walking:             Is required for entry and mobility through the facilities, on the same surfaces listed                              above, as well as walking with clients for exercise programs.

Climbing:            Stair climbing required in many facilities.  In addition, stair climbing is often                                       prescribed as client therapy, which the employee will be responsible to assist with.

Crawling:            May be required while assisting clients with personal care of

                          performing light housekeeping duties.

Work Site:          The common work site location will be in a long-term care Unit,

                         but may include other locations, such as school settings. Clients’ living space may vary                           from small confined spaces to larger rooms.  The work hours may be any time 24                                   hours/day, even days/week.  The employee may be asked to work overtime.

Personal Protection Requirements:

The following items of protective equipment are available when required on an assignment:

  • Face Shields/Mask
  • Gloves
  • Protective Clothing
  • Safety Glasses/Goggles

At minimum, employees will be required to use gloves, implementing universal precautions. More complex cases may require the use of personnel protective equipment listed above.

Exposure Hazards will vary from assignment to assignment. Common hazards that Home Care Aides will be exposed to include:

  • Noise: Noise levels can vary from loud to soft. Home Care Aides may be exposed to noises from household appliances such as vacuum cleaners, blenders, washing machines, etc.
  • Dust: May be exposed to varying degrees of dust.
  • Sensory Demands
  • Touch: The employee must be able to distinguish between hot and cold temperatures, and must have fine motor skills to grasp items.
  • Smell: The employee must be able to detect and distinguish odors.
  • Vision: Normal range of vision is required with or without correction.
  • Hearing: Normal range of hearing is required with or without correction.
  • Verbal: The employee must be able to speak clearly when forming words, and changing vocal tone to accommodate clients’ needs.
  • Mental Health: Employees must demonstrate maturity and the ability to deal effectively with emotionally demanding and stressful situations such as client death, pain, or other difficult issues.

“O’Connell Care at Home does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.