Direct Support Staff and Residence Directors are part of a professional team responsible for assisting each individual to live a safe, enjoyable life in their community with opportunities to learn and to exercise increasing independence and control over their lives. The people we support participate in hiring, training and evaluation of employees who work with them. The agency and its employees are responsible to the people we support. This direct support position is responsible for the provision of case management services to program participants.
To treat all individuals with dignity and respect.
To support individuals to take control of their lives, to make wise decisions that enhance their ability to reach their goals.
To support individuals to take on as much control as possible over the routines and activities in their home.
To support people to always look their best.
To teach, assist and support individuals in the community and at home so that the individual is able to learn, practice and master skills that enable him/her to enhance his/her status by assuming socially valued roles.
To support each individual’s existing relationships and increase their networks of friends and acquaintances.
To ensure that all individuals are supported to explore and express their interest for community membership.
To ensure that the health and well-being of individuals are met by accompanying individuals on appointments (medical, psych, specialist) as needed, supporting them to self medicate in accordance with Seven Hills guidelines and DDS policy, and following all instructions given by Primary Care Physician.
To complete agency training program in a timely manner and participate in other professional development as required by supervisor (within 6 months of employment.)
To implement ISP/Support Plans and strategies as written and at frequency stated in the plan. Demonstrate accurate data collection procedures and consistent use of described support strategies that promote success.
Maintain all required certifications such as Safety Care, First Aid & CPR.
To participate in individual advocacy system Fulltime/part-time employees: applicable.
To take a leadership role in advocacy with and on behalf of the individuals.
To take a leadership role in supporting the accomplishment of the individual’s goals.
To monitor and maintain individual’s electronic record to ensure data collection occurs at frequency required.
To review data collection monthly and prepare written progress summaries semi-annually
To assist in the development of ISP assessments, support strategies and attend ISP meeting.
To assist in personal needs, grocery and household purchases; plan with Area Director budgeting needs of individual; manage individual’s funds within budget; provide receipts and maintain all individual expenses in accordance with subsidiary guidelines.
To maintain regular contact and foster positive relationships with individual’s family members/guardians/team members which includes providing status updates, scheduling visits, and acting as a positive liaison between family/guardian/team members and the individualized support program.
To maintain regular contact and positive relationships with work program staff.
To assist the individuals with independent living skills as necessary, providing ongoing opportunity for individuals to assume increasing control, responsibility.
To assist individuals with maintaining and procuring entitlements, resources, and subsidies.
To participate in supervision meetings with the Residence Director.
Experience assisting people with developmental disabilities/dual diagnosis' to participate fully in the life of their community.
Good driving record. Use of personal vehicle required.
Varied interests and personal connections in the local community.
Proven record of conscientious, responsible behavior (work, volunteer or school history).
Ability to work as part of a team, independently in the community. Positive, constructive, respectful.
Experience completing ISP assessments, writing support strategies and progress summaries.
Proven ability to provide quality case management supports and maintain a caseload
High school diploma or equivalent requirement.