Job description

OVERVIEW OF POSITION 

Positions available for internal and external candidates

Provide in-home care for the individuals served by the agency.  Common daily tasks include:  transportation, medication administration, documenting data, log note writing, assist with daily skill development, ensure cleanliness of the home, attend medical and personal appointments scheduled by individual and supervisors. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  

Other duties may be assigned. 

SUPPORT SERVICES – In accordance with Individual Support Plan, assist service recipient in: 

  • completing self-care routines, as needed (may include, but is not limited to: bathing; dressing; nail care; hair care; oral hygiene; toileting; changing undergarments) and teach skills that could promote a higher level of independence; 
  • completing self-help tasks, as needed (may include, but is not limited to: laundry; meal preparation; sweeping; vacuuming; mopping; dusting; dishwashing; taking out trash; money management) and teach skills that could promote a higher level of independence; 
  • maintaining the best possible health by following prescribed plans of care (may include, but is not limited to: nutrition plans; health care plans; exercise regimes) and by promoting healthy choices; and, 
  • accessing the community (may include, but is not limited to: shopping; participating in leisure activities; attending health related appointments) by providing support and transportation (using a company and/or personal vehicle or public transportation) 
  • administering prescription, over-the-counter, and PRN medications, as ordered by a physician and in accordance with DMRS Medication Administration for Unlicensed Personnel guidelines 
  • as required, attend health related appointments with service recipient and communicate effectively on his / her behalf 
  • ensure service recipient’s home is clean, safe and free of maintenance concerns 
  • ensure personal vehicle is safe and in good working order 
  • support service recipient in developing and maintaining relationships of his/her choice 
  • assist in the development of person-specific plans and implement all plans (e.g., Individual Support Plan, Behavior Support Plan, Staff Instructions) designed to support service recipient in reaching personal outcomes of his/her choice 
  • complete required documentation (may include, but is not limited to: Shift Log Notes; EMT/Reportable Incident forms; Medication Variance forms; Behavior  Data) in a thorough manner and submit all required documentation to appropriate personnel in a timely manner 
  • work assigned schedule in accordance with Living with Purpose Policy and Procedures 

TEAM PARTICIPATION 

  • Work collaboratively with all Living with Purpose personnel, promoting effective communication, conflict resolution, and interpersonal interactions appropriate to the workplace 
  • Work in partnership with families, state workers, and community resources, promoting effective communication and collaboration in support of service recipient  
  • Attend Team Meetings and training, as required 
  • Complete other functions, as requested by supervisor and / or Administrator 
  • Perform all job functions in a manner that exemplifies Living with Purpose’s mission and philosophy of service delivery and complies with all Living with Purpose Policy and Procedures 

LOCATION: 

  • Services are provided in residential homes leased/owned and paid for by the Individual Served.  LWPMO service delivery sites are located in St Charles and St Louis counties.  Transportation may occur outside these locations for rare and scheduled events. The noise level in the work environment is usually minimum. 

RATE OF PAY: 

  • TBD; determined by level of support required by the Individual Served 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE and CERTIFICATIONS: 

  • High School Diploma or equivalency 
  • Current CNA certification
  • Completion of all required agency and state-mandated trainings. (provided by LWPMO) 
  • Ability to apply basic concepts of mathematics and computations 
  • Ability to read, write and comprehend English; ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write reports and correspondence. Use of computer skills including Microsoft word and excel. 
  • Good verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to work as part of a team  
  • Valid driver’s license, current automobile liability insurance, safe and reliable transportation, and willingness to use personal vehicle to transport service recipient as needed or required. 

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 

  • A drive to work without constant supervision and adhere to policies and procedures 
  • Good analytical skills 
  • Sense of personal responsibility for work performance and a professional attitude 
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists 

PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS: 

  • Physical requirements include: 
  • ability to sit, stand, squat, bend, pivot, and walk 
  • lift objects weighing over 25 pounds 
  • use normal range of motion of all body parts 
  • tolerate exposure to “normal” scents and chemicals (e.g., laundry detergent, bleach, cleaning supplies, etc.) 
  • go into medical settings where exposure to germs may be increased 
  • have the physical stamina and agility to break service recipient’s fall, bear his / her weight, and /or assist service recipient to an upright position 
  • Physically, mentally, and emotionally fit to perform the following actions:  
  • rapidly pursue service recipient if he/she tries to leave premises  
  • use Crisis Prevention “blocking” techniques to protect self from thrown objects and physical aggression  
  • use Crisis Prevention “holding” techniques to restrain service recipient, if necessary, to protect service recipient, employee, or others from injury; and, 
  • endure prolonged periods and varying intensity of maladaptive behaviors 

Locations: O’Fallon, St. Charles, and St. Paul

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time