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COMMUNITY RESIDENCE COUNSELOR -(DIRECT CARE FOR GROUP HOME FOR DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED ADULTS)
HOURS: 40 HOURS, Sunday (12m-8am) Monday (12m-8am) Tuesday(12m-8am) Wednesday(12m-8am) Thursday (12m-8am)
COMMUNITY RESIDENCE COUNSELOR
Reporting Relationship: House Supervisor
I. NATURE OF WORK:
The Community Residence Counselor
is responsible for directly assisting our individuals with all activities associated with daily living, and to provide them with the best quality of life as they are able to experience. This is accomplished by providing our individuals with a safe, clean, orderly and predictable environment, in the least restrictive setting, and to enable our individuals to experience, as closely as possible, the patterns of a normal life.
II. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
A. Must be able to provide direct care services to the individuals including the implementation of basic services such as food, clothing, hygiene and other activities of daily living.
B. Must be able to provide active treatment through implementation of all formal and informal goals, behavior plans and services as appropriate during daily routines.
C. Must be able to transport and/or accompany individuals on appointments or to scheduled activities, including recreation individually or in a group, as necessary and appropriate.
D. Must be able to apply knowledge and skills gained through required training in Medication Administration, Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention (SCIP-R), First Aid, CPR and other in-service training.
E. Must be able to develop and maintain a supportive yet normalizing relationship with all individuals.
F. Must be able to follow policy and procedures for incident and alleged abuse reporting.
G. Must be able to follow established procedures for notifying appropriate personnel orally and/or in writing of significant events (i.e., emergencies, incidents, maintenance and safety needs).
H. Must be able to remain awake and alert for duration of scheduled work shift.
I. Must be able to perform duties as directed by the Team Leader/Assistant House Supervisor/ Day Assistant, House Supervisor or a member of the administration
III. TYPICAL ACTIVITIES, TASKS, ASSIGNMENTS:
A. Contribute to the upkeep of the residence through the completion of scheduled cleaning and maintenance chores as directed by any member of the management team.
B. Encourage individual independence as appropriate throughout daily routines, and
provide opportunities for individuals to participate in making choices as appropriate.
C. Engage the individuals in recreation, social, and skill building interactions throughout the course of the shift as appropriate.
D. Follow and complete all the posted activity and goal schedules.
E. Complete all required paperwork and document as appropriate in goal data books, res hab, log books, and medication records in a timely manner.
IV. RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS:
A. Must adhere to the agency mission and core values of honesty, integrity and fairness.
B. Must display a professional and cooperative attitude when interacting with individuals, other providers of services, family and guardians, community members and day program staff.
C. Must interact in a professional, positive, and cooperative manner with all team members.
D. Must be able to communicate concerns to the Team Leader/Assistant House Supervisor/Day Assistant, House Supervisor or the administrator-on-call in a timely manner as appropriate.
V. JOB REQUIREMENTS:
A. Must possess effective oral and written skills in English.
B. Must have the physical ability listed under “Physical Activities” in order to interact fully with the individuals. This includes the ability to lift our individuals with assistance in the event of an emergency or during ADL’s and to implement physical interventions during behavioral outbursts.
C. Must work independently and use common sense in work situations.
D. Must work positively within a team environment.
E. Must attend all required annual trainings in the allowable time frame.
F. Must become med certified and maintain certified status.
Any employee who losses their ability to either become med certified or maintain their med certified status may be transferred within the Agency, and can affect scheduled hours, location of work and rate of pay.
G. Must become van certified and maintain van certified status. Any employee who losses their ability to either become van certified or maintain van certification may be transferred within the Agency, and can affect their scheduled hours, location of work and rate of pay.
H. Must adhere to Agency Attendance Policy to ensure adequate staff coverage at the group home.
I. Must learn and follow established policies and procedures of the agency.
J. Must work extra hours (including overnight coverage) at the end of their workshift to maintain minimum staff coverage.
K. Must be able to follow all safety procedures set by the Agency.
VI. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
A Community Residence Counselor
must have a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid driver’s license. Prior experience working with the developmentally disabled is preferred for this position.
VII. PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
A. Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.
B. Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees
C. Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
D Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
E. Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
F. Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, even when surfaces may be wet or slippery.
G. Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force.
H. Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to drag or tug
I. Lifting: Must be able to lift an adult individual with assistance.
J. Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
K. Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin.
L. Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
M. Hearing: Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and make fine discriminations in sound.
N. Seeing: Perceiving or detecting objects by the eye.
WORKING CONDITIONS:
A. The Community Resident Counselor is subject to occupational hazards such as blood borne pathogens and illness due to their close contact with the individuals. Training and safety materials will be provided to minimize any risk to the employee.

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