Hospice Aide

Hospice Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN


The hospice aide is a paraprofessional member of the interdisciplinary group who works under the supervision of a RN Case Manager and performs various services for a patient as necessary to meet the patient's personal needs and to promote comfort.  The hospice aide is responsible for observing the patient, reporting these observations and documenting observations and care performed. The hospice aide will be assigned by a Registered Nurse in a manner that promotes quality, continuity and safety of
a patient's care.

Position Functions and Responsibilities

Client Care & Service Delivery

  • Performing personal care needs after given a patient's assignment and attending to his/her requests promptly. If unable to perform a certain task, report to the Case Manager immediately
  • Providing patient and family with positive communication techniques, within realm of ethical and respectful care, including confidentiality
  • Meeting safety needs of patient and using equipment safely and properly (foot stools, side rails, O2)
  • Giving personal care including baths, back rubs, oral hygiene, shampoos and changing bed linen as often as assigned
  • Assisting in dressing and undressing patients as assigned
  • Planning and preparing nutritious meals, including shopping, as assigned
  • Assisting in feeding the patient as assigned
  • Taking and recording oral, rectal and auxiliary temperatures, pulse, respiration and blood pressure when ordered with appropriate completed/demonstrated skills competency
  • Providing proper care and observation of patient's skin to prevent breakdown of tissue over bony prominence
  • Assessing and reporting on patient's condition and significant changes to the Case Manager
  • Aware of the caregiver or other individuals living with the patient and interpersonal issues
  • Assisting in ambulation and exercise as instructed by the hospice nurse or therapist
  • Provide normal range of motion and transfers/positioning as directed
  • Assistance with self-administered medications as allowed by state regulations, such as “reminders”
  • Offering and assisting with bedpans and urinals
  • Providing assistance as assigned with light laundry needs
  • Performing range of motion and other simple procedures as an extensional therapy service as ordered with appropriate completed/demonstrated skills competency
  • Providing respite for patient's/family/caregiver when on-site, as appropriate
  • Keeping patient's living area clean and orderly, as assigned

Visits, Communication, and Customer Service

  • Adhering to the organization's documentation and care procedures and standards of personal and professional conduct
  • Participates in quality assessment performance improvement teams and activities
  • Respectful of patient and family/caregiver environment and patient's personal needs


  • Follow all Emergency and Response Procedures
  • Identifies home safety issues and notifies RN Case Manager or Clinical Manager of concerns or issues
  • Demonstrates proper procedures: handling, lifting, transfers
  • Injury – Now What? Follows protocols

Event Management Reporting

  • Overview of Process, Types of Reports and Forms
  • Follow-up Required – Escalating Event

Other duties as assigned

The above statements are only meant to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job.  The incumbents may be requested to perform job related tasks other than those stated in this description.




  • Completed a minimum of 75 hours of classroom and supervised practical training
  • Sixteen hours of class room must be completed prior to a mandatory 16 hours of practical training
  • Successfully completes a probationary period - This probationary period is to ensure the aide is competent in the above qualifications, and is documented by the supervisor and the employee


  • Completed CNA program and current on the Minnesota registry
  • At least 18 years of age and is a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Possess and maintain valid CPR certification