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Support Specialist / Day Services - Part-Time


Summary of Position

Facility: Stevens Point, WI
Status: Part-time positions with flexible scheduling available

Responsible for providing the necessary support and personal assistance needed for special needs individuals to actively participate in ODC's Adult Day Service program.

Application Deadline: OPEN

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Education & Experience

High School graduate. One (1) year of experience working with persons with disabilities or in a nursing or home health care position. Can be as a volunteer or familiar experience. Two (2) years of work experience. This position requires pre-employment medical screening and annual background checks. This position may be subject to "fit for duty" evaluations.Must have a good driving record.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities / Essential Functions

**Following is a listing of representative examples of duties for this position; it is not considered to be a complete listing of all duties and responsibilities for the position.

·         Possess knowledge of physical and mental impairments and their effect on vocational and

      social adjustments and the methods, principles, techniques and tools of vocational rehabilitation training.

·         Work cooperatively with all people.

·         Perform personal care in a discreet, respectful manner (i.e.; toileting, eating, mobility, behaviors). 

·         Provide physical intervention if necessary to respond to client behaviors that could be injurious to others.  Receive training and possess the ability to comprehend and follow through with established procedures and plans.

·         Evaluate the performance of adults with disabilities to make recommendations concerning goals and objectives.

·         Observe and record pertinent information.

·         Break tasks down to achievable components.

·         Actively participate in Personal Care Worker certification program, accurately pass each competency test or have 6 months of full time hours work with people with disabilities.

·         Create “jigs” which remove the barrier preventing the person from performing the task.

·         Observe and record performance of participants. Documents all significant events.

·         Ability to understand, follow, carry out written directions, plans, and procedures.

·         Possess awareness of special needs and the ability to provide assistance according to individual needs (i.e., medication schedule, bathroom routines, and schedules, care procedures). Makes these known to and trains other support staff.

·         Assist with and support individuals in Day Services groups by providing support in life enhancing activities that incorporate daily living skills, community and social awareness, and leisure, recreational and educational activities.

·         Coordinate/Lead one weekly group in Day Services (when applicable).

·         Monitors arrivals and departures, transportation information.

·         Document care given with particular attention given to documentation of medication monitoring, seizure activity, behavior incidents, critical incidents, etc.

·         Provide assistance during emergency procedures and takes responsibility for getting individuals to safe area.

·         Work one-on-one with a person with significant needs to develop skills for a work environment.

·         Implement training plans as established by Service Coordinator and Service Navigator.

·         Supervise the work of the assigned individual including assisting with the time clock, checking quality standards, supplying materials, removing finished product, etc.

·         Train individuals to perform tasks or parts of tasks as abilities allow.

·         Provide support and “adult-like” reassurance when needed.

·         Allow individual to become as independent as possible in all aspects.

·         Supervise the work of the individual.

·         Quality – know, understand and follow quality control procedures – complete quality inspections- notify supervisor/lead of any non-conformance- authority/responsibility to stop production due to quality issue.

·         Complete first aid, CPR and CPI training and certification if requested to.

·         All other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements

·         Ability to facilitate, initiate and respond to verbal, written, computerized, telephone and fax communications.  Requires capability to visually see and hear to respond quickly to individuals and situations.

·         Ability to demonstrate, train and/or model job tasks/duties/responsibilities.

·         Ability to visually see and physically perform quality inspection according to ODC’s and/or customer’s requirements.

·         Mobility to access various locations within/outside ODC facilities.

·         Ability to learn and utilize training provided to safely provide personal care including but not limited to lifting, transferring, and feeding.

·         Physical ability to prevent an individual from harming themselves, harming others.  This can include becoming involved in a crisis intervention procedure that would involve physical intervention and participation by you.  Ability to pursue and prevent individuals from eloping; ability to physically stop an individual from throwing objects, hitting, or otherwise attacking other individuals.  Ability to complete training regarding these procedures and ability to physically perform intervention procedures and techniques.

·         Must be able to push, carry or lift up to 50 lbs frequently – and up to 100 lbs occasionally.  For wheeled devices, must be able to push up to 250 lbs occasionally.

·         Physical ability to lift, utilize lift devices, support or transfer adults, male/female when assisting with toileting or personal care area such as a shower seat. Weights of individuals will vary as will personal care approaches and techniques.  Must possess ability to follow training procedures and methods for lifting, supporting, and transferring.    

·         Ability to stoop, stand, pivot, twist, and lift over head.

Reports to:

Day Services Coordinator

Responsible for:

No other staff