Will assist in providing self-help skills training and therapeutic treatments to residents with intellectual and/or physical disability. Major component of the position is “Active Treatment”—formal training to individuals in activities of daily living. Examples: teaching the individual: laundry skills, cooking or meal preparation skills, money skills, how to make a bed; self-med skills, social skills, self-help skills; communication skills, developing leisure skills. Pay: $9-$11, based on education and experience.
Essential Job Functions:
- Electronic data collection.
- Will be expected to drive a company vehicle upon meeting requirements.
- Demonstrate activities such as bathing, grooming, and dressing to train residents in daily self-care practices.
- Converse with residents to reinforce positive behaviors and to promote social interaction.
- Serve meals and eat with residents to act as a role model.
- Accompany residents on shopping trips and instruct or counsel residents in purchase of personal items.
- Aid staff in administering therapeutic and leisure activities, such as physical exercises, occupational arts and crafts, and recreational games, to residents (both on and off campus).
- Work with residents on achieving formal and informal goals such as use of public transportation, telephone use, money management, social interaction, etc.
- Develop and/or follow recommended teaching techniques, behavior management programs, etc., to assist individuals with increasing their productivity and independent living functions.
- Train and monitor residents in the implementation and integration of independent skills such as bed making, laundry, etc.
- Supervise, assist residents in punctual attendance of scheduled daily programs, i.e., school, church, therapy, group.
- Restrain disruptive residents to prevent injury to themselves and others, using prescribed methods.
- Observe and document residents’ behavior, such as speech, feeding patterns, toilet training, to facilitate assessment and development of treatment goals.
- Document, report, and review residents’ daily progress, needs, medical issues, and behaviors. May include completing seizure reports and daily notes.
- Attend to routine health care needs of residents under supervision of medical personnel.
- Complete written work order requests for maintenance needs. Reports any immediate safety hazards to appropriate supervisory personnel or maintenance personnel.
- Maintain the cleanliness and neatness of indoor and outdoor areas, i.e., residential home, dining hall, playground area, gym, chapel, vans, and other campus areas. Perform antiseptic cleaning duties, laundry, and other housekeeping duties in living areas.
- Transport or assist in transporting residents to and from medical appointments, activities, school, etc.
- Medical administration: administer prescribed medications and treatments in accordance with physician order(s) and nursing delegatory standards.
- First aid: perform client assessments and treatments for minor illnesses and injuries. Document all assessments and treatments performed. Communicate with nursing staff any assessments, treatments, findings on a daily basis.
- Depending on group home: may be required to use Certified Nursing Assistant or Medical Assistant certification—knowledge/skills/abilities.
- Work in other group homes, areas when needed. May work evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.
Standards for all staff:
- Demonstrate competence in the area of reading, writing and all means of communication.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Organize work and complete tasks in a timely manner.
- Contribute to teamwork and harmonious working relations.
- Use initiative and act independently.
- Attend and participate in required training sessions and department staff meetings.
- Report to work on time and on a regular basis.
- Conduct oneself in an ethical manner.
- Treat residents and employees with integrity and respect.
- Maintain certain standards of job performance and conduct.
- Serve as a role model for our residents.
- Adhere to safety, hygiene, health, and fire hazard guidelines; policies and procedures; mission and values.
- Abuse risk management: maintains a safe environment for those we care. Understands their role as protector; recognizes and responds to inappropriate interactions that may foretell abuse.
High School Graduate or equivalent. Must be 21 years of age. Previous experience caring for children or adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities preferred. Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Medical Assistant (MA) experience, education preferred or required for certain group homes. Must be able to demonstrate competence in certain areas of training, i.e., CPR, CPI, First Aid, Behavior Management; Driving. Ability to recognize inappropriate or manipulative behavior and to calmly and repetitively model appropriate behavior in difficult or challenging situations. Ability to react to situations, i.e., rescue, preventing a resident from hurting themselves. All shifts, except overnight shifts require a valid, clear Texas drivers license. Drug testing and backgrounds checks apply.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; sit; walk; use hands to finger; handle; reach with arms and hands; stoop; kneel; crouch; crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. Must be able to lift and/or move at least 75 pounds in order to assist in life skills, such as bathing, physical rescue, and wheel chair assistance. Specific vision abilities may include close vision; color vision and the ability to adjust focus. Exposure to outside weather conditions while working with residents. Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to occasionally loud.