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Great Place to work
Life Enrichment Specialist (Former Employee), Hillsboro, ORApril 19, 2014
Pros: getting to take clients out almost where ever you would like
Cons: having to restrain your client if needed
Basically you would work with kids that are developmentally disabled or other issues ranging from foster kids to kids with anger issues. You got to hang out with clients and take them places like theaters, swimming, and any other community events you would like to do with your clients. I learned how to manage kids with disabilities and if need to restrain – more... them which was one the down falls for working with kids with disabilities because this could happen often even on your outings. The management lacks communication with its staff and their managers...for example our schedule would change and they would not really notify till like maybe a day in advance. That was one of the reasons why I left because of management and certain co-workers but in any job you are going to find co-workers that just are not nice to be around. The hardest part of the job like I said before is having to restrain your client if need to and the great thing about working for this type of company is that you as a staff can choose the type of community outing you wanted to do for the day and you get to enjoy having fun doind the activity with your client. – less
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I felt like I was serving children in need of trust worthy staff
LES ll (Former Employee), Cornelius, ORMarch 26, 2014
Pros: loving my clients
A great company to work for they serve a great service to children in need of daily care
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Hard work with some rewards
Life Enrichment Specialist (Current Employee), Junction City, ORJanuary 20, 2014
This job is very different depending on whether you are in a medical home or a behavioral home. In a medical home, you are constantly moving, lifting, preparing meals, administering medications, helping with toileting or changing adult diapers, helping feed people, helping with personal hygiene...basically, you end up being a person's body and house – more... keeper. In a behavioral home, you have a lot less that you're doing because people are generally mobile. They can help you with house chores, they can toilet themselves, and generally don't need you in the same way. However, you end up having to deal with angry and violent people.

Depending on which house you're at and who your residents are, this is a very rewarding job. Personally, I prefer being in a medical home. You help take care of people who can't take care of themselves, and I made many friendships with my co-workers, residents, as well as residents' families. However, there are always a few "baddies" in the bunch.

Some co-workers do not follow the rules and/or honestly do not care about the people you're supposed to be taking care of. Some residents are really difficult to work with because of behavioral issues, and are abusive to the staff (verbally and physically aggressive). And if you can't deal with bodily functions, you really aren't going to be able to make it in this line of work.

My experience has been that you can't expect any help from management when you have trouble with a co-worker or a resident. You are expected to either deal with it, or leave the company. When you are in a county where you are part of a union, you are not treated as "part of the company", but that's to be expected really. It just seems like in a union, they are constantly looking for an excuse fire you if they can. When you aren't in a union, there is more of a "team atmosphere" between management and care-giving staff. They try their darnedest to keep you around if you are a good worker because they don't want to have to hire and train someone new.

There is really no room for advancement. The benefits are alright, medical etc. You have to complete a LOT of training, on the job, online, and in a classroom, but once you're trained, you only need to take refresher courses occasionally, and you're paid to go to the classroom trainings. – less
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APM/LES II (Current Employee), Gresham, OR - Salem, ORSeptember 25, 2013
I believe Albertina Kerr is a fairly good company with a solid structure. This being said, compensation is low, moral is often low and there are very few positions within this company which offer a livable wage.
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bad managment , greedy heartless people
les 2 (Former Employee), wood village group homeJanuary 5, 2013
Pros: 401, paid vaction
Cons: over worked, always understaffed, no open door policy like they claim
I worked there for a very long time it is a decent jobif you like helping people. But it will burn you out because you never have the back up staff you need when you need it. You only advance if you know someone or are related to someone or brown nose your way to the top which means being a slave the extra dollar is not worth it. The manager is a puppet – more... to her manager and her manager abuses her authority and when you go above that mnager you have to worry about getting the worst schedule or on weak shifts. The managers steal the kids money that they get from the state. I think the company started with good inntentios butn then just got greedy for what you have to do and the people you have to put up with the pay is not enough. – less
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Easy going job with brief moments of craziness
Life Enrichment Specialist II (Former Employee), Portland, ORJanuary 2, 2013
Pros: free lunch
Cons: no raises
I worked nights,which suited my needs at the time. I learned about medications and some medical issues while reading case files. I didn't see or work with any management, since I worked nights. Usually only worked with 1 other person, which for the most part went well. Hardest part of the job was putting kids in restraints. I really liked interacting – more... with them while they where awake, unless they needed to be restrained. – less
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very interesting place to work
Residential treatment counselor (Former Employee), portland orMay 24, 2012
i learn to be more patient and understanding .i learned self controll and restriction
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A fun place to work I take care of amzazing people
Lifetime Enrichment Specialist (Current Employee), milwaukie oregonApril 13, 2012
Pros: good benefits
Cons: no breaks
Assisting residents with every day needs. I learned how to pass medications and learned alot about different medications. I learned alot about people with disabilities. The hardest part of my job is witnessing all the budget cuts they have to programs for people with disablilities. The most enjoyable part of my job was taking the residents on activiteis – more... , – less