Schedule of what Care Staff can and cannot support with.

Care Staff Duties

ASSISTING TO WASH to include; washing parts of the body clients are unable to reach. Enabling clients to have a strip wash or bed bath, assisting service users (who have a level access) to shower or bath, assisting service users to use equipment to gain access to a bath or shower.

Does not include; provision of assistance into a bath when client cannot do so without physical support.


ASSISTING WITH DRESSING AND UNDRESSING
includes; help with all dressing and undressing, putting out of clothes where appropriate to encourage independence, assistance with elastic stockings, encourage clients to use medical aids where appropriate, assisting with artificial limbs following professional instruction.

Does not include; applying contact lenses.


ASSISTING WITH ORAL HYGIENE AND SHAVING
includes; cleaning of teeth or dentures using toothpaste, cleaning agent and mouth washe provided by client. Shaving facial hair.

Does not include; shaving or trimming of non-facial hair, unless specified in certain contracts for religious reasons.

MOVING, HANDLING AND TRANSFERING PEOPLE tasks to include: Helping clients in and out of bed, transferring around the house, accessing and using toilet facilities, use of equipment for  e.g. hoist, slide sheet, turntables, slide boards, wheelchairs, hospital beds etc.

Does not include; Physically lifting a client.


MOVEMENT ON THE STAIRS
includes; verbal prompting to ascend and descend assistance to get on and off stair lift.

Does not include; physical assistance on stairs


APPLICATION OF CREAMS
includes; non-medical creams for the clients comfort, application of prescribed medication creams. Monitoring of areas of potential or suspected broken skin.

Does not include; application of creams on broken skin, application of prescribed creams without medical approval.


TOILETING AND MANAGEMENT OF CONTINENCE
includes; to assist client to use toilet, commode or toilet aids. Cleaning of normal toilet seats and raised seats, cleaning and emptying of commodes. The management of continence will be provided in the care plan.

Does not include; long term double incontinence or faecal incontinence without medical care.


MEDICATION
includes; Collection of prescriptions (if the service user or relatives are unable to do so).Reminding, assisting and administering  medications following a full risk assessment of circumstances.

Does not include; specialist nursing tasks such as injections. The filling of dossett boxes.


PREPARATION OF MEALS
includes; preparation of nutritious meals [food provided by the client], heating up of frozen meals, in accordance with health and hygiene policy. Feeding and washing up of items used to prepare and serve the meal.

Does not include; complex meal preparation, and washing up for other family members.


LAUNDRY
includes; sorting washing and drying of clients clothing bedding towels and other domestic washing. Service to be provided at clients own home or at a laundrette.

Does not include; hand washing of items, washing laundry of other members of the household. Ironing will not be carried out if the ironing board is not adjustable to the correct height for the Carer.


SHOPPING
includes; purchase of items on a shopping list provided by the client. The purchase of alcohol is provided in this service, regard is given as to the level of the amount been purchased.

Does not include; assisted trips unless by prior arrangements. Shopping for anyone other than the client and purchase of large or heavy items.


ASSISTANCE WITH FINANCE
includes; a collection, and delivery, of allowances and  pension benefits. Use of service users money to purchase items. Financial records must be completed by care staff when assistance with finance has occurred.

Does not include; the use of cash dispensing machines betting shops and purchase of lottery tickets.

COMPANIONSHIP. includes; having a walk out with a service user, pushing a service user out in their wheelchair, have a ride out in a company car with the service user, having a sit, chat and undertake activities with the service user in their house.


NIGHT SITTING
includes; a waking service to provide personal care, toileting, dressing and undressing and providing drinks as needed.

NIGHT SLEEPER includes; the carer sleeps at the client’s home and is available to provide personal care services.

DAY SITTING includes; the carer remains within the clients home for a specified number of hours to provide social and personal care and if appropriate a respite period for carers.


OTHER TASKS CARE STAFF CANNOT DO

Professional nursing duties, Gardening, Decorating, Household repairs, Climbing ladders.