Direct Care Worker

Change Incorporated
Job Description

Position Summary: Provides support both in-home and in other community settings to individuals with diagnosed mental illness with the ultimate goal of restoring participant’s ability to independently function and participate in social, interpersonal, family or community activities.

Essential Functions:
1) Teach and assist client to accomplish daily individual recovery plan goals (60%) Some examples of tasks include: 
· Assist with meal planning and preparation, shopping, housekeeping, laundry, bill paying and other basic household tasks · Assist or encourage client to become engaged in community, family, social and recreational activities · Remind client to take prescribed medications, avoid risky behaviors (e.g. smoking, unsafe activities, criminal activities, overspending) and engage in healthy habits (use of routine medical/dental services, healthy diet, exercise and behaviors designed to alleviate stress)
2) Using own car or public transportation, accompany client to medical/ health appointments or various social activities as outlined in recovery plan (10%)
3) Establish and maintain a helpful, supportive, companionship relationship with the participant through effective communication (10%)
4) Maintain certain daily activity and progress reports and communicate progress or changes to immediate supervisor and other agency representatives (such as CSP's) (10%)
5) Attend all monthly staff meetings and required training/ continuing education to maintain Recovery Assistant credentials. This includes the initial online training and exam, a New Hire Orientation, a one-day Recovery Assistant training and six hours per year of continuing education as well as other training deemed necessary by management (10%)

Knowledge and Critical Skills/Expertise:
1) High school diploma or GED.
2) Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
3) Written Communication/Reading Comprehension - Communicate effectively in writing and understand written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
4) Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
5) Critical Thinking - Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. 6) Service Orientation - Actively look for ways to help people

Environmental Conditions/ Physical Demands:
1. Ability to lift 15 pounds
2. Ability to transport client using car or public transportation

ADA: The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.FLSA: This position is considered Non-Exempt in relation to the pay provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. EEO/AA: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, pregnancy, marital status, national origin, citizenship status, disability, military status, genetic predisposition or carrier status or any other legally protected characteristic. This job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. Essential and marginal job functions are subject to modification.

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