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Position Summary : The Direct Support associate provides a range of services from personal care to behavioral modification in an Adult Foster Home care setting to assist adults with varying levels of developmental, cognitive and medical disabilities. The Direct Support staff assist clients with the goals stated in their customized Plan of care through providing mentoring/skills training, supervision, and companionship. Position Summary - (In Home): This position is responsible for assisting clients in maintaining or increasing independence in their home, a foster home or their family home. Individuals in this position are responsible for working with clients with challenging behaviors, dual diagnosis, and program plans that require a high degree of skill/experience on the part of the staff person. Direct Support Professional Float act independently and with no direct supervision. Major Responsibilities: - Assists with routine personal cares for the clients in the assigned home. Prepares meals, administers medications and enhances the emotional well being by organizing community outings both in and outside of the home. - Assists with routine household cares for the clients in the assigned home. Launders pateint's bedding, clothing, etc. Maintains the living area of the home and client's living areas in the established cleanliness standards. Keeps walkways free of obstructions, snow, and ice. - Assistance with client behavior by becoming familiar with the Client treatment plan and reviewing client plans on a weekly basis for any modifications.Develops and maintains a therapeutic and skill building relationship with clients, applying behavior modification techniques in working with clients, including positive reinforcement, modeling appropriate behavior, extinction, shaping and fading; ensuring compliance with client rights at all times pursuant to Catholic Charities policies, DHS requirements, and SPDD policies & procedures. Responds to challenging behaviors: staff will successfully interrupt or prevent the use of challenging behaviors by responding in a skillful, respectful and professional manner by: Becomes knowledgeable about the patterns and triggers to challenging behavior & plan accordingly. Deescalates challenging behavior by acting quickly to modify conditions (environmental, social or other conditions that may contribute to the behavior); Recognizes the communicative intent of the behavior and suggesting and/or demonstrating alternative behavior that will help the individual meet their needs in appropriate ways. Identifies incremental steps to behavior change and teaching the next positive step for the client in behavior management. - Provides medication administration as directed by client treatment plans and in accordance with Nursing staff’s training/direction. Provides a client’s health care/medical needs as directed by the Homes Nursing staff & Treatment Plan; observes clients for any changes in medical condition, and notifies the House Supervisor/nursing staff prior to shift ending when changes observed. Observes and documents possible medication related behavioral changes and assesses need for intervention. - Written Documentation: Does a daily review (and sign off) of the communication logs. Completes Progress Notes for each client such that client cares, progress, and/or problems to report are recorded within the required timeframe. Communicates with external parties (including family members, medical professionals, caseworkers, in a professional and positive tone, when necessary. Informs the supervisor of all concerns/issues that arise for client care including behavior, medical, familial, and/or financial concerns that occur in the homes and that are not already resolved/determined by procedures and/or treatment plans. - Completes all required Program trainings within the required time frame & applies all competencies learned as necessary whenever providing Direct Support services. Attends all Home team meetings and: (a) learns and adapts to new client strategies and treatment plan modifications; (b) maintains effective working relationships with other Direct Support staff (c) remains informed about Home operations (incl. DHS compliance requirements); and, (d) reinforces problem solving & productive monthly House team meeting with participation. - Maintain/update Float agreement regarding expectations and Availability for Direct Care Job Requirements: Education: High School diploma or equivalent. Job Related Experience: Experience working with individuals with disabilities/impairments preferred. Additional Requirements: Valid MN driver’s license & successful agency driver To apply for this position, please send your resume to or apply online at . EEO/AA/women/minorities/Vets/Disability
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