Certified Medication Aide (CMA) - Assisted Living
Position Summary: This position is responsible for assisting in the administration of medications to residents as ordered by the attending physician, under the direction of the department director. The administration of medications shall be in accordance with current federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations governing the Community and as may be required by the department director or supervisor to ensure the highest degree of quality care is maintained. Advances the value that the resident comes first. The employee values the Community as the residents home and works to create attributes of home and models person centered care. Overall Essential Functions of the Position: Comprehends the duties and responsibilities of the position. Carries out the duties and responsibilities of the position in a professional manner. Adapts to changes in the work place with ease. Meets the needs of the work schedule (promptness, attendance), unless otherwise excused, and makes appropriate use of time while at work. Follows established safety protocols as appropriate for position and/or location. Customer Service duties are exhibited through promptness, accuracy, empathy, clarity, tone, and appropriateness with non-PMMA staff (i. e. , residents, resident families, outside community, vendors, etc.). Communication duties are exhibited through promptness, accuracy, empathy, clarity, tone, and appropriateness with PMMA staff. Provides and initiates, creative, practical problem solving recommendations and/or takes the initiative to appropriately enhance job duties or area. Works well with others, assists others when needed or asked and appropriately lends support to others even when not asked. Appropriately uses property, supplies and productivity during work time. Represents and demonstrates the PMMA mission while carrying out job duties. Attends training and or development programs as appropriate to meet or enhance current job or career knowledge. Performs additional duties as reasonably assigned. Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Position: Follows the policies and procedures governing the administration, documentation and storage of medications and for providing treatments to residents. Ensures that no medication or treatment is administered without a written, signed and dated order from the attending physician. Identifies residents before administering medication, treatment or care. Makes certain medications and topical creams are properly stored and drug rooms and carts are kept locked. Immediately reports and documents medication errors. Follows Community procedures for residents allowed to self-administer medications. Checks and records vital signs such as blood pressure, respiration rate, weight and temperature. Participates in negotiated service agreement and plan of care meetings. Ensures that resident care is provided in accordance with agreement/plan Provides direct resident care as required and assigned. Assists residents in settling in and becoming familiar with their environment (i.e. unpacking, introductions, tours, etc.). Assists residents with activities of daily living (i.e. bathing, nail care, oral care, etc.). Performs housekeeping duties in resident rooms and public areas as assigned (i.e. making beds, dusting, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, laundry, etc.). Assists with meal preparation, service and clean up. Ensures residents are ready for meal service (i.e. hand washing, hair combing, etc.). Provides dining assistance to residents as needed. Assists residents in range of motion activities, transferring and positioning. Assists residents in preparing for and attending medical appointments, activities, outings and other social programs. Assists residents with daily life enrichment activities (i.e. ADLs, food preparation, family dining, housekeeping/laundry, correspondence, errands, appointments, etc.). Assists residents with planned and spontaneous activities as necessary and in accordance with resident preferences and care plans. Observes and describes resident behavior and status. Reports pertinent changes to the charge nurse and in documentation so the negotiated service agreement or plan of care can be appropriately updated. This may include presence of pressure areas and skin breaks, accidents/incidents, loss of ability and evidence of pain. Completes documentation and administrative functions in accordance with policies and procedures. Assists in resident moves and the setup and cleanup of Community functions. Advances the value that residents come first by reporting accidents, incidents, resident complaints and changes in the residents condition to the supervisor. Follows established universal precautions, safety and sanitation protocols and regulations. This includes proper clean-up, washing, storing of items, disposal of personal protective equipment or handling of hazardous materials. Reports occupational exposures to blood, body fluids, infectious materials and hazardous chemicals to the supervisor. Follows established isolation precautions and protocols. Reports missing/illegible labels and SDSs to the supervisor. Adheres to fire, smoking, equipment and safety policies and procedures. Protects the residents and PMMA by not disclosing or using resident health information for any purpose other than treatment for the resident, payment and operations. Immediately notifies supervisor if a resident is leaving/missing from the Community. Values and respects the choices and preferences of residents and works to create attributes of home, with emphasis on person centered care. Upholds resident rights and confidentiality. Creates and supports a physical environment which is accessible and supports privacy, independence and comfort.