Seven Hills Foundation Support Advocate/ Dracut MA in Dracut, Massachusetts
Residential Direct Support Staff and Residence Directors are part of a professional team responsible for assisting each individual to live a safe, enjoyable life in their community with opportunities to learn and to exercise increasing independence and control over their lives. The people we support participate in hiring, training and evaluation of employees who work with them. The agency and its employees are responsible to the people we support. This direct support position is responsible for the provision of day-to-day services to program participants.
To treat all individuals with dignity and respect.
To support individuals to take control of their lives, to make wise decisions that enhance their ability to reach their goals. To support individuals to take on as much control as possible over the routines and activities in their home.
To support people to always look their best.
To follow all routines of the individuals and home including, but not limited to; Behavior Support Plans, personal care, Physical Therapy, etc.
To teach, assist and support individuals in the community and at home so that the individual is able to learn, practice and master skills that enable
him/her to enhance his/her status by assuming socially valued roles.
To support each individual’s existing relationships and increase their networks of friends and acquaintances.
To insure that all individuals are supported to explore and express their interest for community membership.
To ensure that the health and well-being of individuals are met by accompanying individuals on appointments as needed, administering medications (or supporting them to self medicate) in accordance with residential guidelines and DDS policy, providing a well-balanced diet prepared to meet individual needs (when applicable), following all instructions given by Primary Care Physician and Health Care Coordinator.
To complete agency training program in a timely manner and participate in other professional development as required by supervisor (within 6 months of employment.)
To implement ISP/Support Plans and strategies as written and at frequency stated in the plan. Demonstrate accurate data collection procedures and consistent use of described support strategies that promote success.
Maintain all required certifications such as medication administration, First Aid & CPR. (must have MAP certification within 1st 6 months of employment)
To participate in individual advocacy system Fulltime/part-time employees: applicable.
To take a leadership role in advocacy with and on behalf of the individuals.
To take a leadership role in supporting the accomplishment of the individual’s goals.
To monitor and maintain individual’s ISP program book to ensure data collection occurs at frequency stated.
To review data collection monthly and prepare written progress notes quarterly or at frequency stated in ISP to assist in the development of ISP assessments and attend ISP meeting.
To train staff in the implementation of intervention strategies and correct data collection procedures.
To assist in personal needs and clothing purchases; plan with Residence Director budgeting needs of individual; manage individual’s funds within budget; provide receipts and maintain all individual expenses in accordance with subsidiary guidelines.
To maintain neatness and cleanliness of individual’s bedrooms.
To maintain regular contact and positive relationship with individual’s family members/guardians which includes providing status updates, scheduling visits, and acting as a positive liaison between family/guardian and the residential program.
To maintain regular contact and positive relationship with work program staff.
To assist the individuals with household shopping and maintenance as necessary, providing ongoing opportunity for individuals to assume increasing control, responsibility.
To participate in supervision meetings with the Residence Director
Commitment to assisting people with developmental disabilities to participate fully in the life of their community.
Good driving record.
Varied interests and personal connections in the local community.
Proven record of conscientious, responsible behavior (work, volunteer or school history).
Ability to work as part of a team. Positive, constructive.
High school diploma or equivalent.
Schedule: M-F 7a-3p (40h)
External Company Name: Seven Hills Foundation
External Company URL: www.sevenhills.org