• Direct Support Professional/Caregiver Lead, Support Services, Full Time - Monroe, MI

    Posted Date 3 days ago(10/12/2018 9:06 AM)
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    Samaritas, one of the state's largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.


    Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.


    We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.


    Job Summary


    Provides personal assistance and support within the community to clients living in their own home.


    Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Participate with staff in the care planning and goal setting for the growth and development of clients served.
    2. Provide personal support services to clients served, including but not limited to mobility/ lifting/transferring, bathing and personal hygiene, laundry and grooming, meal preparation and mealtime assistance.
    3. Provide personal health care services including but not limited to administering medications and medical treatments, infection control, Range of Motion exercises, and other care in accordance with individual service plan and needs.
    4. Assist clients with activities in daily living including but not limited to household tasks, communication skills, social and recreational skills, financial management, and activities in the community.
    5. Complete all required documentation for services performed.
    6. Assume on-call responsibility as required. Work independently between sites and cooperatively with other staff to assure quality of service for each client.
    7. Assist supervisor with all aspects of on-site quality assurance (e.g. care plan implementation, safety, documentation review, scheduling and assignment of doctor's appointments).
    8. Communicate the needs of the home to the supervisor; assist with training new staff on the homes procedures and consumer's needs.
    9. Coordinate grocery shopping and menu planning for the home. Ensure that meals are balanced and are in accordance with the guidelines established by the dietitian.
    10. Schedule and transport clients to various appointments and activities. May be required to coordinate all medical aspects for the client and attend medical appointments and coordinate the filling of prescriptions and aftercare coordination. Communicate medical appointment outcome with Samaritas office staff, Community Mental Health Support Coordinator/Case Manager and recipient's guardian.


    Job Qualifications


    Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

    • High school diploma or equivalency preferred.
    • Successful completion of required training.



    • One year direct care experience in a mental health field or working with vulnerable adults.


    Knowledge Skills and Abilities

    • Ability to read, write and speak fluent English.
    • Effective oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to perform basic math calculations. 
    • Good communication skills with ability to work compassionately and display sensitivity to persons with varying degrees of physical and/or mental disabilities.


    Additional Work Requirements

    • 24/7 availability required with the ability to work extended hours, evenings and weekends if needed.
    • On-call responsibility for assigned area required.
    • Valid driver's license with good driving record; reliable ongoing personal transportation suitable for safely transporting clients; current automobile registration and proof of automobile insurance.


    Physical and Mental Requirements

    • Ability to lift persons served weighing an average of 150 pounds.
    • Ability to transport persons in a wheel chair weighting up to 250 pounds.
    • Near and far visual acuity.
    • Hand-eye coordination.
    • Ability to move freely.


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