PERSONAL CARE ATTENDANT
Position Title: Personal Care Attendant
Minimum Qualifications: 18 years old and with a GED certificate or High School Diploma. Have a current and clear caregiver’s criminal history screening.
Maximum Qualifications: 18 years old with a GED certificate or High School Diploma. Minimum of two years working with individual(s) with disabilities. Have a current and clear caregiver’s criminal history screening.
Supervised By: Residential Manager
Supervises By: None
Compensation: Hourly salary Schedule.
Benefits: Holidays, Cafeteria Plan, Workman’s Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, Life Insurance, 401 (k) Retirement Plan, Personal Time Off (PTO), as applicable to employee’s status.
Working Hours: Shift work, as needed, by individual(s) receiving services not to exceed 40 hours within a seven day period. If an employee exceeds 40 hours of work in a work week those hours are paid at time and a half.
General Objective: To work with an assigned individual(s) and provide personal care according to the Individual Service Plan. Supported Living Supports will be provided in accordance with all applicable regulations and policies and procedures.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- The ability to read and write, understand and implement the individual(s) Individual Service Plan (ISP); and related healthcare and behavioral plans as applicable;
- The ability to instruct and assist the individual(s) to meet his or her physical (e.g., health grooming, toileting, eating) and personal management needs, by teaching skills, providing supports, and building on individual(s) strengths and capabilities;
- The ability to instruct and assist the individual(s) with household management (e.g. meal prep, laundry, cleaning, decorating) and with needs outside the home such as using public transportation or accessing other community services;
- The ability to support the individual(s) in the development of friendships and other relationships;
- The ability to plan and go out on community outings based on the interest of the individual(s) supported; provide transpiration in a safe manner to scheduled activities; supervise individual(s) during recreational activities;
- The ability to identify crisis situations, defuse the situation, implement immediate intervention crisis response strategies consistent with the Behavioral Crisis Intervention Plan (BCIP), Positive Behavioral Support Plan (PBSP) or other relevant intervention strategies or actions identified in the ISP;
- The ability to instruct and assist with the implementation of therapy, healthcare, Positive Behavioral Support Plan (PBSP), Behavioral Crisis Intervention Plan (BCIP), Medical Emergency Response Plan (MERP), and Comprehensive Aspiration Risk Management Plan (CARMP), if applicable;
- The ability to maintain standards of confidentiality and ethical practice; never discuss individual(s) who are supported, with non staff members;
- The ability to instruct and assist the individual(s) with identifying, securing, maintaining and using needed adaptive equipment, augmentative communication devices, and assistive technology, and implementing therapy strategies in accordance with Written Direct Support Instructions (WDSI) developed by therapist(s) serving the individual(s);
- The ability to effectively employ communication skills to build rapport and channels of communication by recognizing and adapting to the range of individual(s) communication styles;
- The ability to identify the need for community supports and work with individual(s) informal support system and other IDT Members to initiate meaningful community connections;
- Maintain current First Aid and CPR certification and attend in-service training, as scheduled;
- Provide direct supervision and interaction with individual(s) during the shift; must be awake and alert at all times during scheduled work shift, or as otherwise directed by supervisor;
- Perform heavy work, lifting and/or transferring people weighing 100 pounds to 175 pounds daily, with the use of a Hoyer lift and staff assistance;
- Perform or provide instruction, when needed, in daily hygiene needs; including but not limited to baths/showers (daily); tooth brushing, clipping or filing nails, combing hair, shaving (if applicable), etc;
- Prepare jevity for bolus feeding and follow feeds procedure and schedule, as needed;
- Maintain a sanitary and healthful environment, including, but not limited to; cleaning bathroom, cleaning kitchen after each meal, doing laundry, vacuuming, as needed, disposal of trash, immediate cleaning of individual(s) elimination or vomits, following all sanitation of health procedures, etc;
- Encourage individual(s) to help in household chores, to the best of their abilities;
- Report maintenance needs to supervisor and/or record them on maintenance memo to include vehicle maintenance as well;
- Write daily in the individual(s) log books (and house log, if necessary), for each shift; reporting health problems, general environment and tone of house, specific behaviors, etc., charting in appropriate sections. Record hygiene tasks supervised or performed on daily hygiene charts, if required. Document individual(s) progress daily and communicate concerns regarding individual(s);
- Write incident reports on individual(s) challenging behaviors, accidents, health concerns, etc.;
- Report any health related problems to nursing coordinator and supervisor immediately; following instructions given;
- Follow emergency procedures as posted and in House Book;
- Inform your supervisor of any scheduled absences by submitting a completed Application for Leave form for approval. Complete an Application for Leave form ASAP for unplanned approved absences;
- Work flexible hours as required. Be willing to extend your shift until oncoming shifts arrive. You may need to work a double shift if required;
- Call your supervisor if you are going to be more than 15 minutes late or later for your shift and adjust your timesheet accordingly;
- Never leave your shift unless you have permission from your supervisor. Your timesheet should reflect your absence;
- Attend staff meetings as scheduled, and be willing to train and assist new employees in learning job duties;
- Act as liaison between the individual(s) family members and supervisor, case manager and/or IDT team, as situations arise;
- Employees are expected to dress in a professional yet casual fashion and are expected to be neat in appearance;
- The use of personal cell phones while at work is prohibited as it interferes with work. Cell phones must be turned off during trainings and staff meetings;
- Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
- Complete the training program provided by the service agency and participate in on-going in-service training.
- Hold a current CPR certificate (four hour HEAR SAVER is acceptable).
- Assume non-medical duties as outlined by family/primary caregiver is to assure continuity and consistency.
- Use appropriate interpersonal communication skills and language to better develop a meaningful and trusting relationship with the family.
- Exhibit dependency in keeping all appointments and schedules.
- Be able to work independently without supervision.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
- Good organizational skills.
- Ability to perform medium to heavy work regularly lifting, transferring and/or carrying of objects or people weighing 50-175 pounds, performing such activities as stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, and grasping.
- Ability to accomplish the described duties through the use of appropriate computer and general office equipment.
The major activities of the job are carried out in the following: 65% indoors, 20% outdoors, 15% in vehicle. Subject to change based on person’s needs.
This job description is intended to describe general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. Principal duties and responsibilities are intended to describe those functions that are essential to the performance of this job, and “other” duties and responsibilities include those that are considered incidental or secondary to the overall purpose of this job.
This job description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job related duties as requested my management. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability