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  • Direct Care Staff - Add On

    Job Locations US-MA-Framingham
    Job ID
    2018-4257
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Number of Hours Per Week
    40
  • Overview

    The Direct Support Staff is responsible to supervise the daily activities of individuals, providing ongoing support, guidance, and role modeling on a consistent basis. Facilitate individual growth in areas of personal responsibility, social skills, and community living skills. Promote community inclusion and self-advocacy.

     

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    Responsibilities

    •  Report to shift on time ready to spend at least 95 percent of working hours in personal contact with individuals.
    • Collaborate with the Shared Living RN, Coordinator & AFC Caregiver, as part of the multidisciplinary team in providing support to individuals.
    • Participate in planning and implementation of daily & weekly activity schedule and daily routine for individuals.
    • Support individuals in their home and help individuals to become an active member of their community by actively seeking out integrated activities.
    • Assist individuals in self-advocacy, decision-making and empowerment.
    • Provide ongoing support, guidance and role modeling for individuals.
    • Assist individuals to identify and develop person centered goals and plans to address any concerns, wants or needs they have.
    • Prepare summaries of interaction and objective behavioral observations of clients at the end of shift; clinical notes and data collection using Microsoft Outlook.
    • Lift and transfer individuals as needed.
    • Maintain certification in CPR, First Aid, SOLVE, MAP, HR/DPPC, HIPAA, and Corporate Compliance.
    • Encourage and provide opportunities for community participation and membership.
    • Report significant issues (health, behavioral, psychiatric) to the AFC Caregiver and the shared living coordinator in a timely fashion. Document issues/incidents according to agency and division guidelines
    • Perform physical intervention in the event of a client crisis.
    • Attends and actively participates in supervision and staff meetings.
    • Adhere to all principles related to the Advocates Way.
    • Ensure that clients are treated with dignity and respect in accordance with Advocates' Human Rights Policy.
    • Perform all duties in accordance with the agency's policies and procedures.

    Qualifications

    • High School diploma or GED. Experience with the program population is preferred.
    • Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
    • Strongly prefer that a candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of and competence in serving culturally diverse populations
    • 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
    • Commitment to providing a homelike environment for the individuals.
    • Must hold a valid drivers’ license. Must have access to an operational and insured vehicle and be willing to use it to transport individuals.
    • Ability to operate agency vehicles.
    • Basic computer knowledge
    • Flexibility to work throughout the division

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