Summary of Position:
Responsible for providing the necessary support, and personal assistance needed for individuals to be independent in their home and in their community. Clients may have multiple needs including but not limited to: cognitive, mental health, physical, medical, learning, and behavioral disabilities. Responsible for supporting individuals in securing and obtaining housing.
1. Education and Experience:
High School diploma or equivalent. One (1) year of experience working with persons with disabilities or in a nursing or home health care position.
This position requires pre-employment and annual background checks.
2. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities/Essential Functions:
**Following is a listing of representative examples of duties for this position; it is not considered to be a complete listing of all duties and responsibilities for the position.
- Possess awareness of special needs and the ability to provide assistance according to individual needs (i.e., medication schedule, bathroom routines, and schedules, care procedures). Makes these known to and trains other support staff.
- Work cooperatively with all people.
- Maintain a professional image while working in homes and out in the community. (see Code of Ethics)
- Possess awareness of realistic work expectations regarding quality of work, and appropriate work behaviors.
- Communicate with supervisor in a timely manner.
- Responsible for collecting and reporting program data.
- Responsible for maintaining case note files.
- Ability to perform assessments and intakes for individuals new to the program.
- Provide direct support to individuals in their home and in the community.
- Ability to travel throughout ODC’s service area (Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield, Stevens Point, Wausau, etc.)
- Work a flexible schedule – some evening hours and occasional weekend work (when applicable).
- Perform personal care in a discreet, respectful manner (i.e.; toileting, eating, mobility, behaviors).
- Provide physical intervention if necessary to respond to client behaviors that could be injurious to others. Receive training and possess the ability to comprehend and follow through with established procedures and plans.
- Evaluate and report on the performance of adults with disabilities to make recommendations concerning goals and outcomes.
- Observe and document daily progress, concerns, and outcomes of each individual.
- Break tasks down to support individuals to meet their specific outcomes.
- Ability to understand, follow, carry out written directions, plans, and procedures.
- Facilitate and support community integrations for individuals we support.
- Allow individual to become as independent as possible in all aspects.
- Complete first aid, CPR and CPI training and certification if requested to.
- Responsible for scheduling allotted time for each individual supported.
- Responsible for acquiring and maintaining relationships with landlords, rental agencies and housing authorities.
- All other duties as assigned.
3. Physical Requirements:
- Ability to facilitate, initiate and respond to verbal, written, computerized, telephone and fax communications. Requires capability to visually see and hear to respond quickly to individuals and situations.Ability to demonstrate, train and/or model job tasks/duties/responsibilities.
- Ability to visually see and physically perform quality inspection according to ODC’s and/or customer’s requirements.
- Mobility to access various locations within/outside ODC facilities.
- Ability to learn and utilize training provided to safely provide personal care including but not limited to lifting and transferring.
- Physical ability to prevent an individual from harming themselves, harming others. This can include becoming involved in a crisis intervention procedure that would involve physical intervention and participation by you. Ability to pursue and prevent individuals from eloping; ability to physically stop an individual from throwing objects, hitting, or otherwise attacking other individuals. Ability to complete training regarding these procedures and ability to physically perform intervention procedures and techniques.
- Must be able to push, carry or lift up to 50 lbs frequently – and up to 100 lbs occasionally. For wheeled devices, must be able to push up to 250 lbs occasionally.
- Physical ability to lift, utilize lift devices, support or transfer adults, male/female when assisting with toileting or personal care area such as a shower seat. Weights of individuals will vary as will personal care approaches and techniques. Must possess ability to follow training procedures and methods for lifting, supporting, and transferring.
- Ability to stoop, stand, pivot, twist, and lift over head.
REPORTS TO: Daily Living Skills Manager
RESPONSIBLE FOR: No other staff