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Residential Counselor

Residential Counselor

Job Description


Position Overview:

Under direct supervision care for the developmentally disabled.  These tasks involve encouraging, guiding and training individuals in developing daily living skills and habits, taking care of their personal needs, and maintaining the living environment.   

Role and Responsibilities:

Personal Care:

  • Performs/teaches and reinforces accepted infection control and personal grooming techniques; performs/teaches and assists in bathing, toileting, dental care, hair and nail care, personal hygiene and grooming routines as necessary.
  • Performs/teaches and assists individuals in dressing, clothing selection, storage, laundering and repair of clothing and accessories, may help them shop for clothing.
  • Performs/teaches and assists in proper use and care of shavers and razors, eyeglasses, hearing aids, prosthesis as prescribed by appropriate medical practitioner.
  • Administers and teaches individuals first aid treatments; administers cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques, and performs other health related techniques as required.
  • Takes records, reports temperatures, blood pressures, pulse rate, weight, and other significant symptoms/health related occurrences; aides consumer in understanding, recording, reporting such factors.
  • Maintains confidentiality of information.
  • Reports unusual incidents and physical symptoms promptly and accurately to the supervisor.
  • Applies valid and accepted limits for inappropriate behavior.
  • As per written behavior plan or emergency situation, helps individuals to gain control in situations that the consumer is causing harm to themselves, others, or their environment, or a credible threat of the above, utilizing approved SCIP-R techniques.
  • Administers prescribed medications and treatments; teaches, observes, reports problems and progress in self-administration of medication programs.  Assists individuals in achieving more independence in administration of medications.  Teaches use of skin care lotions, topical ointment, eye and ear drops and assists in their use as needed.
  • Accompanies individuals to medical, dental, and other pharmacy, takes medications to home site and logs same; instructs and observes individuals in use of these substances.


Food Preparation, Mealtimes:

  • Assists individuals in eating who cannot feed themselves independently, teaches them to eat in a family-style setting, while promoting choice.
  • Teaches and assists individuals to plan, shop, store, prepare and serve meals using currently accepted nutritional standard to clean kitchen and dining areas, and dispose of leftover food safely.


Maintaining the Environment:

  • Performs/teaches developmentally disabled individuals routine housekeeping duties such as dusting, washing floors and walls, cleaning bathrooms, and vacuuming rugs.
  • Assists consumer in keeping room neat and orderly.
  • Follows safety procedures in living unit and surrounding grounds, by mopping up spills, reporting unsafe condition, teaches and reinforces fire safety procedures.  Checks to see that fire exits are clear, night-lights on, windows are locked and other security measures, checks fire equipment and reports malfunction.
  • Performs minor routine maintenance tasks such as changing light bulbs, fuses, etc.
  • May assist as directed in various household inventories.


Individual Development and Personal Interests:

  • Teaches and reinforces use of a variety of communication skills.
  • Teaches and reinforces principles of human growth and development, including human sexuality, as determined by each person's developmental level.
  • Teaches acceptable work habits (e.g. punctuality, dress and grooming), to enable individuals to develop readiness for work/school outside the home, or in support of individuals' vocational, provocation or other work/volunteer experiences.
  • Transports/arranges for transport of individuals to community events, accompany consumer to dances, camping trips, swimming, or other age appropriate leisure activities.
  • Teaches money management principles to consumer, completes/aids in completion of banking activities; ensures accurate recording of personal expenditures.
  • Helps consumer to develop/maintain positive interpersonal relationships with their fellow residents, with others in the families, and with others in the community.  Aids in explaining feelings, resolving conflicts, teaching/reinforcing acceptable means of handling frustration and anger.
  • Teaches/supervises/participates in a variety of leisure and recreational activities, craft projects, seasonal and permanent home decoration; assists in planning/supervision of family days and holiday celebrations as selected by the consumers, their families and staff.
  • Aides in selection, care and use of age appropriate personal leisure time belongings.


Interdisciplinary Treatment Team Member:

  • Actively participates at staff meetings by communicating observations concerning progress and reaction to various therapy programs.
  • Attend staff meeting, may suggest alternative programs or procedures based on experience with the individual's habilitation plan.
  • Record Daily Residential Habilitation, Incident  Behavioral and other required documentation.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements

Education and Experience Requirements: (one of the following)

  • High School Diploma

Qualifications and knowledge:

  • Must maintain all required training and certifications, including AMAP (Approved Medication Administration Personnel), CPR and First Aide certifications.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.
  • Good verbal, written, interpersonal, organization and active listening skills. 
  • Good organizational & time management skills.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.  Good collaboration skills.
  • Problem solving skills, including a proactive approach to problem solving.
  • Proficient with Internet Explorer; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Word; and Windows Operating System.


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is:

  • Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds force constantly to move objects.
  • Regularly required to reach with hands and arms. 
  • Regularly required to stoop, kneel, crouch and bend,
  • Fingering is required regularly for typing and the use of hands in a repetitive motion.
  • Regularly required to talk and hear with the ability to exchange and receive detailed information.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, ability to adjust focus to perform activities such as preparing and analyzing data, viewing computer screens.
  • Required to function around disabled individuals.
  • Working conditions of this position do not substantially expose workers to adverse environmental conditions and are typical of an indoor work environment.

  • EOE



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Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Health Care
Education Not Specified
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others No
Relocation No
Industry Healthcare - Health Services
Required Travel Not Specified
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Residential Counselor

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