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Residential Care Assistant-Plainfield

Job Description

TITLE: Residential Care Assistant

LOCATION: Plainfield, NJ
SUMMARY: Following all DDD and CPNJ policies and procedures, and in accordance with expressed preferences and desires of residents, provides support for adults residing in a shared living facility

Each Residential Care Assistant must cooperate with CPNJ, the Office of Licensing, the Division of Developmental Disabilities, and the Department of Human Services in any inspection or investigation.
REPORTS TO: Residence Manager
DUTIES:
1. Adheres to standard health precautions and insures well being of residents by monitoring (throughout assigned shift hours) individual health, administering medication as prescribed, following up on medical, dental and emotional health requirements, engaging residents in communication, social, recreation, and ADL skills, financial, training, habilitation, and family/community functioning; reports observed changes in health or behavior to supervisor
2. Assists residents to determine social, recreational or educational activities of choice, participates in activities and may provide individual support
3. Engages residents in activities of daily living to the extent of their ability and supports individual needs in areas of shopping, meal preparation, cleaning, bathing and dressing, transferring, toileting, feeding, grooming and hygiene; supports individuals in implementation of IHP/ISP or other goals and objectives; performs household chores as needed
4. May serve as a shift supervisor at the designation of the residence manager including the following responsibilities:
A. Assuming responsibility for the efficient and appropriate operation of the home and the safety and comfort of residents
B. Supervising staff and delegating tasks
C. Assuring appropriate levels of staff coverage and engagement of residents
D. Adhering to standard health precautions and insuring well being of residents by monitoring individual health and administering medication as prescribed
E. Ensuring that safe and reliable transportation is available to residents
F. Notifying authorities and supervisor of emergencies
G. Preparing and presenting routine verbal and written reports for Residence Manager
5. Inspects individual equipment and furnishings for proper functioning and reports malfunctions to supervisor; utilizes adaptive equipment with residents to promote independence; uses Hoyer lifts and other specialized equipment for safety and comfort of residents
6. Follows DDD and CPNJ circulars, policies and procedures relating to health and safety and participates in fire drills
7. Prepares documents or progress notes relating to medication administration, individual daily activities and other related areas as required by supervisor and follows other reporting mechanisms
8. Drives van or other vehicle; escorts residents to scheduled programmatic or other activities, recreational opportunities, or medical appointments as assigned by supervisor
9. May interact with residents’ family members and friends and facilitate communications
10. Attends and participates in staff meetings may assist residents to participate in house meetings; may participate in individual meetings as needed
11. Performs other related tasks as required by Residence Manager
KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:
Knowledge
Knowledge, experience and familiarity with various types of developmental disabilities in an adult population; knowledge of general practices and principles of residential services for adults with disabilities; general understanding of the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities’ systems and programs; knowledge of trends in the fields of disabilities and advocacy
Skills and Abilities
• To successfully complete required CPNJ and DDD core trainings in required period of time
• To adhere to DDD and CPNJ policies and procedures and circulars and cooperate with the Office of Licensing and the Division of Developmental Disabilities in any inspection or investigation
• To relate well to adults with disabilities
• To establish positive relationships with each individual
• To learn and understand each person’s individual needs and to carry out residential services by providing guidance and support for individual residents
• To perform routine household chores
• To learn use of and to operate program and adaptive equipment
• To perform strenuous physical activity including supporting, lifting, and transferring adults
• To drive a multi-passenger vehicle
• To communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
• To establish and maintain proper working relationships with supervisors, administrators, parents and others
• To respect and maintain confidentiality of residents and co-workers
• To maintain a flexible work schedule which may entail evenings, overnights and or weekend assignments
• To maintain a safe working environment and adhere to standard health precautions
• To travel independently off-site
• To maintain a valid driver’s license with fewer than 5 points at all times
QUALIFICATIONS:
At least 21 years of age; high school diploma or GED; one year’s successful employment in the support and training of adults with developmental disabilities or an equivalent combination of education and experience; successful completion of criminal background history and fingerprint examination; valid driver’s license with fewer than 5 points at all times

Employee Type: Part-Time

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Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Other
Education High School
Experience Greater than 15 years
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Other Great Industries
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 1162
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Residential Care Assistant-Plainfield


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