When working as a professional, you are held accountable for meeting the requirements of your job description. Resident safety and well-being are entrusted to you. Good professional conduct would include carrying out the duties assigned to you with honesty and integrity. Providers working in other settings typically have many “layers” of supervision. For example, in a skilled nursing facility the people who provide most of the direct care are supervised by a staff nurse, a nursing supervisor, and a director of nursing. When working in the assisted living facility, you function with a much greater degree of responsibility. You will not have other professionals in the facility at all times. You are the person in charge of direct care. Residents, families and other health care professionals expect you to complete your assigned duties. If, for any reason, you are not able to complete all of your work, notify a supervisor immediately so arrangements may be made to ensure that all resident needs are met. For example, if you are providing personal assistance to a group of residents and realize you are not going to be able to bath everyone, ask for help.

It is extremely important to know and understand exactly what duties you are allowed and expected to perform. You should NEVER perform any care for which you are not allowed to do by law, not trained to do and/or feel you cannot safely deliver. There are laws that govern assisted living facilities which strictly prohibit the performance of certain functions in the facility, even if the caregiver feels competent to perform the care. If you are ever unsure about your responsibilities or allowable care, always consult a supervisor.

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