A place where you can actually make a difference...
At AVS you get to actually make a difference in the lives of mentally and physically disabled clients. I love that I get to make a difference with the clients I work with. I get to help them with everyday activities, such as: ADLs, cooking, going out into the community, and many other things.
A typical day at work for me includes 16 hours on the job 8 hours off to go home and sleep then 16 hours again, but then I'm off for 5 days straight. I only work weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). My schedule includes 7:00 am - 11:00 pm with 2 half hour breaks.
The clients normally sleep until 9:30 am. Then they get washed up and dressed for the day. We then cook brunch and pass any medications that the clients need. After brunch, we clean up the kitchen and start doing daily household cleaning. Some of the clients can help with household cleaning and some cannot. The time frame always depends on who can help and who cannot. If you have 4 clients and 2 staff but 2 of the clients cannot help, then a staff member will have to sit out on the household cleaning and do person-appropriate activities with the clients that cannot help.
After cleaning is done, they normally watch a movie, listen to music, do activities, or take naps. Dinner is most often served at 5:00 pm so preparation generally starts at 3:00 pm, depending on the meal.
Then after dinner, we pass medications that need passed, assist the clients with showering and getting dressed for bed. Then they get a snack around 8:00 pm. And most generally the clients start to go to bed around 9:30 pm. After the clients are in bed, we do laundry, fill out paperwork for the entire day and check each others work in books and we have to double check medication passes.