Provide supports and training to residents with intellectual and developmental differences to achieve increased independence within their homes and their local community. Facilitate participation within the community, the development of relationships with non-disable persons, and access to natural and community supports.
- Manage a consistent caseload of approximately 15-20 self-directed residents with varying levels of independent living skills & required supports.
- Ongoing, responsible support to residents to assure safety, comfort, and protection of individual rights. The levels of that support are dictated by the needs of the individuals and policies of The Village.
- Participate in planning meetings and other activities as required to gain insight in a resident’s person-centered needs and effectively contribute in person centered planning for independent living (i.e., Annual Service Plan meetings). To recognize abilities, deficits, and interests of residents and assist in preparing for these meetings.
- Provide individualized training for a resident’s specific targets as prescribed by the Annual Service Plan.
- Assist residents in learning new skills within the context of their daily life (i.e. meal planning and preparation skills, money management, resident skills, housing procurement, support counseling, community mobility, etc.) Help residents perform home management tasks including housekeeping, laundry, shopping and errands. At times helping a resident means completing said tasks alongside.
- The ability to respond to resident issues (routine and emergency) that arise without supervision and support the personal growth and the development of skills which contributes to their valued roles in the community.
- The ability to assist residents in decision making that will allow them as much control as possible over their everyday environment.
- Assist self-directing residents with medication reminders or refilling their prescription at the local pharmacy as specified on plan of care.
- To electronically document and record events, activities, training sessions and progress as required.
- The ability to perform required responsibilities in all settings without direct supervision.
- To educate and promote awareness of the agency’s philosophy and mission through community involvement.
- Appropriate dress, good hygiene and professional behavior and conduct that reflects positively on the agency’s mission and the people it serves.
- Identification with and commitment to the agency’s values of respect and dignity for persons served, the right of people with differences to control their own lives as fully as possible, and the importance of integration into the community.
- Providing reliable transportation to & from essential appointments using agency vehicles
- To believe in and advocate for the rights of people with all abilities to participate in community life to the fullest extent possible.
- The ability to act responsibly at all times in assuring the safety and general welfare of persons served.
- Increasing an individual’s natural, supportive relationships within the community to decrease the amount of paid staff time and increase interactions and associations with services and resources outside the field of intellectual differences.
- Review and comply with all Agency policies, procedures and directives, as well as those issued by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and other funding sources.
- Possess strong emotional stability sufficient for performing all tasks above, including times of medical and behavioral crises for residents.
- Willingness and ability to work flexible hours based on residents’ needs, outside of a typical 9-5 weekday working schedule.
Perform other duties as directed by supervisors.
MACHINES/EQUIPMENT/TOOLS USED: Computers and other general office equipment, Vans with wheelchair lifts
SAFETY EQUIPMENT: Fire Extinguisher, Safety Lift Belts, Latex Gloves, Pool Safety Equipment, Emergency Alarm
Formal Education: Associate’s degree* with a major in nursing, education, social/ behavioral/rehabilitative science and 1 year of experience; or a Bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing, education, or a social/ behavioral/rehabilitative science.
*Experience can be substituted for required college on a year-for-year basis
Skills: Organizational, verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, effective goal setting and implementation, de-escalation strategies, resilience, resourcefulness, creativity, flexibility, teamwork, collaborative thinking, and effective problem solving skills.
Experience: At least one year of direct service to persons with intellectual differences; preferred experience in personal caregiving, personal companion, support coaching.
Knowledge: Community resources and services, addressing independent living needs and goals, individualized training to self-directed persons with intellectual differences
Other: Florida Chauffeur’s license (Class D-agency will provide funding to acquire) and good driving record. Must be 21 or older.
- Automobile liability insurance as required by Florida statutes
- Good physical condition and free from communicable diseases
- Must be able to pass CFS and FDLE background clearance checks
- CPR and Basic First Aid Certification (agency will provide)
- Certification in AIDS 101 (agency will provide)