Direct Support Staff

Company Name:
Advocates, Inc.
Founded in 1975 by a group of volunteers providing patient rehabilitation services on the grounds of Westborough State Hospital, Advocates is now one of the largest human services organizations in the state. Today, Advocate employs over 1000 staff members and serves 20,000 individuals at over 100 sites across Eastern and Central Massachusetts.
Our commitment to meeting the needs of individuals facing diverse life challenges has given rise to a broad range of community based services, including: Residential Supports, Outpatient Mental Health, Outpatient Addiction, Psychiatric Emergency Services, Home-Based Services for Children and Families, Community Justice, Family Supports, Employment and Vocational Services, and Day Habilitation.
Services are designed to meet the unique needs of elders, families and individuals with mental health challenges, addiction, developmental/intellectual disabilities, autism, brain injury and other life challenges. Advocates is a nationally recognized provider for adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome, Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults with disabilities and individuals with developmental and co-occuring mental health needs. Our culturally sensitive programs and supports serve individuals and families from diverse backgrounds.
At the heart of all Advocates services is a commitment to partnering with the individuals we support and, where appropriate, their family members, so that they can lead full and satisfying lives of their own design. We practice a person-centered approach that respects the unique needs, wishes and abilities of each individual.
Advocates is an EOE/D/F/M/V.
The Direct Support Staff is responsible to supervise the daily activities of individuals, providing ongoing support, guidance, and role modeling on a consistent basis. Facilitate individual growth in the areas of personal responsibility, social skills, and community living skills. Promote community inclusion and self-advocacy.
1. Report to shift on time ready to spend at least 95 percent of working hours in personal contact with individuals.
2. Participate in planning and implementation of daily activity schedule and daily routine.
3. Support individuals in their home and help individuals to become an active member of their community by actively seeking out integrated activities.
4. Assist individuals in Self-Advocacy, decision-making and empowerment.
5. Provide ongoing support, guidance and role modeling for individuals.
6. Assist individuals with home maintenance and perform cleaning duties as assigned.
7. Assist individuals to identify and develop person centered goals and plans to address any concerns, wants or needs they have.
8. Prepare summaries of interaction and objective behavioral observations of clients at the end of shift; clinical notes and data collection using Microsoft Outlook.
9. Lift and transfer individuals as needed.
10. Provide transportation as needed.
11. Maintain certification in CPR, First Aid, SOLVE, MAP, HR/DPPC.
12. Encourage and provide opportunities for community participation and membership.
13. Schedule, attend and document appointments as assigned.
14. Safeguard individuals'' monetary funds.
15. Report significant issues (health, behavioral, psychiatric) to the appropriate supervisor in a timely fashion. Document issues/incidents according to agency and division guidelines.
16. Perform physical intervention in the event of a client crisis.
17. Ensure that clients are treated with dignity and respect in accordance with Advocates'' Human Rights Policy.
1. High School diploma or GED. Experience with the program population is preferred.
2. Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
3. High energy level and ability to function in a team atmosphere.
4. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and ability to use good judgment.
5. Sensitivity to the needs of the individuals we support
6. Commitment to providing a homelike environment for the individuals.
7. Must hold a valid drivers'' license. Must have access to an operational and insured vehicle and be willing to use it to transport individuals.
8. Ability to operate agency vehicles
9. Basic computer knowledge
10. Flexibility to work throughout the division
Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm & Sunday 9:00am - 11:00pm
Date: 2014-07-17
Country: US
State: MA
City: Natick
Postal Code: 01760

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