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Direct Care Staff

POSITION TITLE:????????????????????????? Direct Care Staff


REPORTS TO:???????????????????????????????? QIDP


POSITION OBJECTIVE:?????????????? To provide supported services to assigned consumers ????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????????? under the direction of a QIDP as appropriate.??


QUALIFICATIONS:??????????????????????


High school graduate or GED. Prefer one year experience as a direct care working with people with developmental disabilities.




  • Must demonstrate successful completion of a direct care staff competency evaluation program that addresses all of the State requirements.


  • Must be in good standing with the state aide registry if currently required to be entered on that registry.


  • Conduct a county check for all of the counties the Direct Care Staff has lived or worked in for the past 3 years.


  • Conduct a State criminal background check for all of states the Direct Care Staff has lived or worked in for the past 3 years.


  • Demonstrates knowledge and competency performing supportive service procedures.


  • Exhibits ability to follow care plans.


  • Documents client care per Agency policy and procedures.


  • Recognizes the needs and concerns of people and maintains constructive working relationships when dealing with them.


  • Willing to work towards the good of the team.?


  • Participates in quality improvement activities.


  • Must have access to valid Illinois motor vehicle operator?s license and have access to reliable automobile with current automobile insurance coverage.


  • Must be able to safely perform the essential functions of the position without posing a direct threat to the health and/or safety of him or her, or others, in the workplace.



ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:??????????




  • Provides supportive services to consumers and for individual consumers as assigned by the QIDP according to Agency policies and procedures.


  • Collects consumer data as assigned and reports pertinent condition changes to the QIDP as appropriate.


  • Reports consumer responses to supportive care provided to the consumer within the specified work day and reports to QIDP information that would impact the services and/or direct staff Individual Support Plan.?


  • Demonstrates the ability to care for a variety of consumer and reports issues to the QIDP that might indicate a case conference is needed.


  • Participates in case conferences as requested.


  • Follows Individual Support Plan and track consumer goals.


  • Functions according to Agency productivity standards.


  • Documents findings accurately, in a timely manner and on appropriate forms according to Agency ??????????? policies and procedures.


  • Utilizes nursing and office supplies in a cost-effective and appropriate manner.


  • Provides accurate and timely timesheets per Agency policy.?


  • Follows assigned schedule as assigned by Agency or notifies QIDP when schedule cannot be followed.


  • Must maintain patient confidentiality.


  • Evaluates own professional needs and provides suggestions to meet those needs such as in-services or other continuing education.



MARGINAL FUNCTIONS:??????????




  • Participates in agency committees as requested.


  • Participates in quality improvement activities as requested.?


  • Assists QIDP in training new Direct Care Staff to the team and to their role in the agency.?



RESPONSIBILITIES:????????????????????




  • Provide for the Consumer?s daily care:





  • Bathing, dressing, and grooming


  • Eating;


  • Elimination;


  • Transferring and ambulating;


  • Communication;


  • Help create a positive home environment;


  • Help the consumer develop trust;


  • Offer emotional support to the Patient and work with the family;


  • Communicate and actively listen;


  • Follow all infection control practices;


  • Maintain a clean, safe environment and report safety problems immediately to the QIDP;


  • Determine measurements accurately (temperature, pulse, respirations, blood pressure, weight, intake, output, and food consumption if in High risk plan)


  • Observe and report any changes in the consumer?s appearance, behavior, and/or mood to the QIDP; and


  • Other direct care tasks as assigned.


  • Pass Med as required


  • Conduct or participate in safety/Disaster Drills



ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL/?????????????


MENTAL FUNCTIONS:???????????????




  • Must be able to speak clearly and distinctly.


  • Must have visual, hearing and mental ability to initiate and comprehend written and verbal communication.


  • Must be able to climb three flights of stairs.


  • Must be able to perform tasks involving physical activity, such as heavy lifting, extensive bending and standing.


  • Must be able to maintain calm in emergency situations.


  • Must be willing to be responsible for, and to maintain job-related supplies and equipment according to agency policies and expectations.



ESSENTIAL HAZARDOUS??????????


PHYSICAL EXPOSURES:????????????




  • Must be willing to travel between consumers sites in inclement weather.


  • Potentially exposed to variable temperatures in working environment.???????


  • Potentially exposed to threat of physical violence to self.????


  • Potentially exposed to dangerous animals/insects such as dogs, rodents, reptiles, spiders, etc.


  • Potentially exposed to infectious diseases, needle sticks, etc.



CHEMICAL OR HAZARDOUS???


MATERIALS EXPOSURES:????????




  • Potential exposure to cleaning substances with consumer environment.


  • Potential exposure to substances within office environment including copy machine toner, VDT emissions and cleaning solvents.



PERSONAL PROTECTIVE?????????


EQIPMENT REQUIRED:?????????????




  • Must follow Universal Precautious techniques in accordance with all agency policies and procedures to include use of personal protective equipment.



OTHER SPECIAL??????????????????????????


CONSIDERATIONS:?????????????????????




  • Must be willing to accept assignments without regard to location, socio-economic environment, disease, ethnic origin or religion.


  • Must be willing to make scheduled visits on weekends or evenings when assigned.


  • Must comply with organization policies and procedures regarding therapeutic relationships with consumers.



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