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Healthcare Assistant


Accountable & Reports to: Supervisor/Manager Key Reasonability: To provide a service to Clients that enables them to lead as independent a lifestyle as possible. Responsibilities in General: Carers have a responsibility to protect & promote Clients rights by:

  • Treating them with dignity, sensitivity & respect

  • Making time to listen, talk to & get to know the Client

  • Making sure that Clients know DHHCS policies & procedures

  • Encouraging Clients to have an input into care provision

  • Helping Clients to be safe, happy.

  • Encouraging Clients to express feelings, fears & experiences openly

  • Where applicable respecting Client’s privacy in bathrooms or in relation to personal care in general

  • Dressing & undressing/preparing the Client for trips out

  • Washing/bathing/showering/grooming/cleaning teeth

  • Hair care (washing/brushing)

  • Toileting & all aspects of personal hygiene

  • Continence management

  • Getting in & out of bed

  • Assisting with the use of Aids to Daily Living/Rehabilitation Aids, as required

  • Helping with rehabilitation programmes, as prescribed by Healthcare professionals

  • Always responding to complaints or allegations

  • Helping Client realise the difference between confidentiality & secrecy

  • Being sensitive to the fact that some Client are more vulnerable & may have special needs

  • Preparation of snacks & meals according to the Client’s likes/dislikes

  • Assisting with feeding, as required

  • General cleaning duties, to include cleaning/dusting/vacuuming/polishing

  • Bed-making, Laundry/Ironing as required

  • Shopping, and the preparation of shopping lists

Essential Requirements:

  • To participate in training as required

  • To act in accordance with DHHCS policies & procedures; and relevant legislation

  • To maintain accurate, concise and timely records contained in the Clients Home Care File

  • To participate in, when requested, Client, Staff, Team and Quality Management Review Meetings as directed by the Supervisor/Manager

  • To report back to the Supervisor/Manager on any aspect of the Client’s care which you feel warrants investigation or urgent action

  • Empathy with Carers and those receiving care

  • Excellent communication skills and use of the English language


  • Good listening skills and sensitivity in giving emotional support

  • A helpful manner and ability to communicate with people in a variety of situations and from different backgrounds

  • Excellent work ethos

  • Ability to give physical and personal care e.g. toileting, washing and feeding

  • Willingness to help with domestic duties, including cooking if required in the Care Plan

  • Ability to build relationships with families/individuals and help them to maintain their social links were necessary

  • Ability to work in a team and report back to a senior member of the care team any observations affecting the family/individual’s circumstances

  • Respect for confidentiality at all times

  • Ability to work alone, use initiative and be mindful of health and safety at all times

  • Good general health, willing to undergo medical if required

  • A willingness to undertake Garda Vetting

  • Relevant Qualifications i.e. QQI 5 inclusive of two mandatory modules (Care Skills & Care of the Older Person


Skills: healthcare communication skills. Empathy


  • Contact: Karen Henshaw

  • Reference: IrishJobs

  • Job ID: 100888055

  • www.irishjobs.ie

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