Pros: up to 6 weeks paid time off each year depending on the length of employment. 1 free meal per shift.
Cons: no breaks, lunch must be eaten while working with residents, some trainings were expected to be completed during work shifts with no regard for normal work load, unsafe staffing ratios especially at night, no cost of living adjustment
I was working nights in a group home for developmentally disabled adults.
On first arriving at work I would check the medical books to ensure that all prescribed medications had been given during the day. I would then check that all cash on hand was reconciled with receipts.
During a typical night I would perform routine checks of all five residents in the group home making sure that they were safe and healthy. I would often have to assist them with removing soiled clothing, cleaning them, getting them redressed and back to bed.
I was also responsible for cleaning the entire house and doing a majority of the substantial amount of laundry that was generated daily.
As part of my job I was required to keep current CPR/First Aid certification and food handlers card. In addition there were annual/biennial trainings covering: HIPAA compliance, OIS, blood borne pathogens, ethics, cultural sensitivity, infection prevention, back safety, safety in motion and mandatory abuse reporting.