Advocates

Direct Care Staff - Brain Injury Services

US-MA-Lexington
Job ID
2017-3587
Type
Regular Part-Time

Overview

The Direct Care Staff is responsible for providing assistance to program participants with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), household management and community-based shopping or appointments; working closely with family members and others to support the program participant to progress toward more independent community living.

 

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Responsibilities

  • Assist residents with all Activities of Daily Living, including showering, dressing, grooming, toileting, mobility, feeding, taking medications, and Range of Motion (ROM) exercises, both in the home and in the community.
  • Assist residents with home management, and community activities, following goals in the annual service plan.
  • Assist program participants with taking medications in accordance with MAP regulations.
  • Respond promptly to program participants’ requests for assistance.
  • Assist with teaching appropriate social and independent living skills.
  • Encourage program participants’ to perform tasks as independently as possible, assisting them to participate in all activities to the maximum extent possible.
  • Accurately document provision of care as directed.
  • Remains current with changes in care/support (e.g. medications, treatments, behavior plans, etc.).
  • Alert program management in the event of a program participant’s change in status or behavior.
  • Assist with weighing program participants, take vital signs, gathers and records other data as requested.
  • Complete all documentation and Incident Reports within program timelines.
  • Actively participates in resident, family, team and staff meetings.
  • Attend trainings as assigned maintain certification of required trainings (CPR, First Aid, SOLVE).  Must successfully complete medication administration competency exam.  In MAP certified programs, MAP certification is required.
  • Drives Advocates vehicles, including wheelchair lift-equipped vans as well as in personal vehicle.

Qualifications

  • A high school diploma or equivalent.  One year’s experience in providing direct care preferably with people who have cognitive disabilities, preferred. 
  • Ability to understand, speak, read and write fluent English.
  • Strongly prefer that a candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of and competence in serving culturally diverse populations.
  • Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • High energy level and ability to function in a team atmosphere.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and ability to use good judgment.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of the individuals we support  
  • Ability to perform basic computer functions.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to an operational and insured vehicle in addition to willingness to use it to transport residents.

Advocates is an EOE/D/F/M/V.

 

 

Why Should I Consider a Career in Human Services?

Our Team members are dedicated to engaging and empowering individuals by forming lasting relationships, collaboratively achieving personal goals, offering creative solutions to everyday and complex situations, and actively listening.  We exercise independent judgement and contribute to the overall success and benefit of the Team.

 

Is Human Services a Fit for Me?

Successful Team members are open-minded, eager and compassionate, and will exercise solid, independent judgement while fostering trustworthy relationships with the individuals that we serve.  We put the individual first.

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