The purpose of this position is to provide direct personalized support to ensure supported individuals’ safety and health is maintained and they can experience the nature and quality of life of their choice based on their needs, preferences, aspirations, and decisions consistent with program guidelines, policies & procedures. Direct personalized supports include basic living skills, communication, community interaction, and recreation. Additional responsibilities include maintaining a clean, safe, stimulating living environment, providing transportation, and supporting individuals to become active members of their community. Service provisions focus on maintaining or enhancing the individual’s dignity, well-being, autonomy, personal choice, self-esteem and teaching functional skills that are alternatives to maladaptive behavior.
- High School Diploma or GED required (Exception: ICF program).
- 1 year of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities or a Bachelor's degree (B.A./B.S.) from a four-year college or university in psychology, special education, social work, rehabilitation or a related field highly preferred.
- Monitor or provide assistance and/or instruction to individual with dressing, grooming, toileting, bathing, eating and sleep habits as needed.
- Assist with wheelchair use, including pushing, folding / unfolding, and loading into autos or vans.
- Assist individuals with physical therapy exercises.
- Prepare, provide instruction and/or assist in preparing nutritious meals that reflect individual preferences. Assist with meal planning, shopping, and safe food storage.
- Operate household appliances, including vacuum cleaner, washer/dryer, and other mechanical or manual devices.
- Perform normal household cleaning, including sweeping, mopping, dusting, scrubbing, and washing dishes.
- Accompany individuals into the community and assist with involvement in activities and interaction with the public.
- Provide transportation to individuals using public transportation, company-provided vehicles, or, if approved, personal vehicle.
- Check and assure all documentation is accurate and completed in a timely manner, including but not limited to program data, behavior data, incident/accident reports, investigation forms, vehicle mileage logs, release of responsibility individual financials.
- Participate in the formulation and implementation of individual treatment plans including data collection, report writing participation in treatment team meeting and carrying out treatment team recommendations.
- Maintain respectful relationships which recognize individual’s rights as a citizen and promotes their dignity, well-being, personal choice, and self-esteem.
- Ensure strategies identified in the Service Plan (ISP, treatment plan), are followed by providing support to individual’s participation in preferred activities and goals.
- Provide individuals with formal / informal training to increase competence, self-reliance, power, choice, and independence.
- Promote growth and achieve habilitation with primary program emphasis on self-help skills, communication skills, perceptual motor skills, social/recreational skills, domestic skills, community living skills, and behavior management.
- Follow established formal behavior support plans and guidelines for positive behavior support programs as outlined.
- Assist in developing positive behavior supports by providing feedback about individual’s preferences.
- Accompany individuals on community activities and provide informal training in appropriate social behaviors.
- Support individuals’ participation in cultural, recreational, and educational activities both at home and in the community.
- Communicate and collaborate with family members, other service professionals and agencies in accordance with the treatment plan to provide continuity of approach, to increase the probability of attainment of objectives, and an integrated program that meets the individual’s needs.
Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Contract