Hospice Aide Jobs: CNA and CHHA Jobs at VITAS
What Does a CNA or CHHA Do at VITAS?
At VITAS Healthcare, certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and certified home health aides (CHHAs) fill the crucial role of hospice aide on our interdisciplinary care teams.
VITAS hospice aides are key members of each patient’s interdisciplinary hospice team. They specialize in providing direct, personal care to our hospice patients, and they serve as valuable resources for patients’ families.
An aide’s role is personally gratifying and professionally fulfilling. At VITAS, it is brimming with opportunities for a long-term satisfying career or unlimited opportunities for career advancement. The entire VITAS team is driven by compassion and a desire to make a meaningful difference in the lives of hospice patients and their families.
CNA and CHHA Job Description
Focused on a patient’s personal care, hospice aides:
- Help with the patient’s personal hygiene
- Perform light housekeeping pertaining to the patient
- Act as the “eyes and ears” on the patient for the broader hospice team
A certified hospice aide provides personal care in a patient’s preferred setting, whether at home, in a nursing home, assisted living facility (ALF), eldercare facility, or a community partner’s inpatient care setting.
“You have to be a really good listener, be caring and very dedicated.”VITAS Hospice Aide Angela Surratt
The aide provides some of the intimate care to patients, helping with bathing, dressing, grooming, oral/mouth care, and light housekeeping. An aide might make a patient’s bed or tidy up the patient’s immediate environment.
The ideal hospice aide is a flexible “people person” and agile worker, a caring individual and a compassionate healthcare professional whose daily responsibilities might shift as patients’ needs change and evolve.
What’s the Difference Between a CNA and a CHHA?
While the CNA and CHHA designations are quite similar, they require different training. VITAS hires for both disciplines.
- A CNA must complete a formal training program and pass a state exam. CNAs usually care for more than one patient in a variety of settings, including ALFs, nursing homes, patients’ homes, and hospitals.
- A CHHA requires no specific background, education, or experience and can be trained on the job by registered nurses (RNs) or licensed practical nurses (LPNs). CHHAs usually care for one or only a few patients at a time, usually in the patient’s home or retirement community.
What’s It Like to Be a Hospice Aide?
Little did Angela Suratt know when she was in school to become a CNA that she would follow her teacher into the field of hospice with VITAS. More than three decades after gaining her certification and Florida license, Angela is still helping VITAS hospice patients.
“This job is so flexible,” she says. “It’s important to be a ‘people person.’ You have to be a really good listener, caring, and very dedicated.”
The Benefits of Working as a Hospice Aide for VITAS:
As a VITAS hospice aide, you enjoy:
- Support from a professional team and approachable leaders who focus on optimal patient-centered care
- Control of your patient schedule, to see your patients when they need to be seen
- A values-driven company that attracts exceptional employees and supports your professional goals with technology, learning opportunities, and resources that complement your daily work
- Tuition reimbursement to gain new skills or support a career transition to other positions and roles at the nation’s leading hospice provider
- Mentorship and support from an entire team of hospice professionals—physician, nurse, social worker, chaplain, bereavement specialist, and volunteer
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