Individual Services Specialist-Residential FT/PT and Per Diem Shifts
Provides a comprehensive array of face-to-face supports that engages and enables individuals to be independent and successful within his/her home (own or with family) environment. Encourages the use of natural supports; supports individuals to learn and enhance activities of daily living; and fosters involvement in social (family activities included), and community activities while maintaining safety of the individual. Provides hands-on assistance and instruction with activities of daily living and personal care as required by the individual supported. Assistance with making community and peer connections. The overall goal of supports is to maintain increased independence within an individual's home environment driven by person centered goals and planning. Performs other duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
?? Establishes rapport and working relationship with the individual being supported and their family if they reside within the family home.
?? Demonstrates sensitivity and commitment to the individuals supported and family members within the home if applicable.
?? Provides face-to-face hands-on supportive assistance enabling clients to maintain living in their apartment/family home, including activities of daily living, personal care, and other activities which promote healthy living.
?? Encourages the use of natural supports, and fosters involvement in social (family activities included) and community activities while maintaining safety of the individuals supported.
?? Supports families and individuals to engage in routine medical, psychological, dental appointments, personal business, and other appointments as needed.
?? Provides access to community resources through transportation.
?? Implements Behavior Plan/Guidelines strategies and techniques
?? Communicates with the Behaviorist on a regular basis to ensure continuity of care is occurring in the home and community.
?? Provides input in Individual Plan development supporting individuals supported to achieve aspirations and goals.
?? Attends and participates in identified collaborative team meetings.
?? Works with community providers for quality care of clients.
?? Responsible for assigned data input with Therap or designated electronic systems.
?? Tracks and reports daily data for identified teaching, ADL strategies, and Behavior Plan tracking
?? Responsible to follow state and Agency guidelines to maintain all appropriate trainings as applicable.
?? Attends and participates in staff and supervision meetings.
?? Attends agency sponsored in-services, outside trainings, conferences and meetings to facilitate continued professional growth.
?? Ensure personal vehicle is free of safety hazards/clutter when individual supported is being transported.
?? Does not contribute to clutter or uncleanliness of family home or an individual's apartment.
?? Assists individuals with household chores when needed.
Quality Assurance - Chart Documentation and Professional Development
?? Adheres to policies and practices as outlined in the personnel policy manual, individual program manuals, and as outlined by the quality assurance and safety committees.
?? Demonstrates competency for population served.
?? Maintains client records as assigned and in accordance with contractual, licensing, and accreditation requirements.
?? Participates in agency committee work when available or as permitted.
?? Schedules, attends and participates in agency meetings, team meetings, and inter-disciplinary team meetings.
?? Conducts self in a professional manner at meetings, on the job site, and during integration with clients in the community in accordance with agency policies.
?? Responsible to complete all training requirements as designated by state DDS regulations and as assigned by CoC.
?? Bachelor's Degree preferred with one to three (1-3) years experience in human services or related field. Associate's Degree or 60 credits towards Bachelors considered with minimum three (3) years experience or High School diploma considered with five (5) years experience in related field working with people with intellectual disabilities.
?? Valid Connecticut Driver's license, current Car insurance and registration with clean driving record is required.
?? Use of personal smart phone for timekeeping is required.
?? Completion of certifications of CPR & First Aid, PMT, and all other required DDS trainings.
?? Computer skills required including working knowledge of Microsoft office.
?? Knowledge of the community support system and resources is preferred.
?? Available to work evenings, weekends, and overnights as required.
Company Description Continuum is a private not-for-profit agency located in New Haven, Connecticut. Established in 1966, our fundamental mission is to provide comprehensive residential support, housing development, acute services, and home healthcare services that enable persons with psychiatric and developmental disabilities to live as fully and independently in the community as possible.
Continuum of Care, Inc. is dedicated to providing comprehensive residential case management, crisis services, and housing support services to adults challenged by psychiatric disabilities, intellectual disabilities, homelessness, and substance abuse treatment needs while maintaining their rights and dignities as productive members of society.
Through consultation with family members, home healthcare providers, clinical and community providers, roommates and friends, the Continuum of Care staff will develop an Individualized Service Plan that identifies specific personal goals and objectives for the individual's recovery.