producitve and fun work place, something that has the potential to be long term.
Direct Care Worker (Current Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – February 24, 2016
A typical day at work is something that usually can go really well. Like any other job they all have their bad and good days. What I've learned from working at Allegheny Valley School is to always be more patient with co workers as well as the clients and to always keep good positive spirits and that the clients are the main focus of what the job is about. There are not really many things that was hard about the job, I can honestly say that the job was fairly simple and easy there just has to always be a constant routine to remember that sometimes people forget. The most enjoyable part of the job is to work and interact with the clients, they bring the bright side out of many and to have that type of affect on others speaks volumes. I really enjoy working at AVS.
Benefits, Overtime hours, weekends off
short of staff. Minor things being made an issue, unwillingness to appreciate employees.
Social Worker (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – August 4, 2016
A typical day at my job is easy going. I have learned from this job how to work with different cultures. Management skills can be better with communication. My co-workers are amazing, fun to work with. The hardest part of my job is when no one communications about the individuals. The most enjoyable part of my job is coming o work and satisfying my individuals.
Recreation Therapist (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – June 15, 2016
A fun place to work. The clientele is amiable and enjoy the activities offered to them for the most part. There is a willingness to participate and there is solid support from staff and administration in the areas involving art and expressive therapies.
good staff, supportive administration
travel time, minimal funding for necessary supplies
House Manager Aide. Care for IDD (Former Employee) – Hummelstown, PA – July 8, 2015
There is no stability, they stretch people beyond what they should. They don't give raises to anyone at any time. There is no room for improvement. And all in all this company makes you feel like you are in high school again.
House Manager Aide (Current Employee) – Slippery Rock, PA – March 11, 2014
I enjoy what I do very much with my clients in the group homes. I have learned so much from them and their daily struggles with trying to complete what one may consider a simple task. The amount of work expected from myself and my coworkers is a bit too much, as most in the healthcare industry. There are a lot of things to do in a short period of time and sometimes it seems unfeasible. The benefits package I have is rather great, I get more than fair healthcare and I also receive a generous amount of paid days off a year, which is greatly appreciated in such a high stress environment. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the individuals triumph through their struggles and celebrate with them in their success, this would have to be my favorite aspect of working for Allegheny Valley Schools.
benefits package, ample paid time off, rather inexpensive health insurance, understanding house managers
Registered Nurse Case Manager (Current Employee) – Coraopolis, PA – February 9, 2015
RN Case Manager for a caseload of 37 individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. Required to work as part of an Interdisciplinary team and individually. Best part of the job is the ability to meet some amazing individuals who reside at the facility.
flexable schedule, benefits
no opportunity for advancement, repetativeness of job duties
Manager (Former Employee) – Coraopolis, PA – February 25, 2016
My daily tasks included but were not limited to; help dressing and washing the residents. Helping to feed them, make sure the paperwork was handled properly, exercise with them, and helping them learn everyday tasks.
HOUSE MANAGER AIDE (Current Employee) – Moon, PA – November 17, 2015
I enjoy taking care of my clients. I can see a difference in them when I come in that gives me a great deal of pride. management could be better at some houses and the program center needs more management that has worked as an HMA because they have no appreciation.
LPN Supervisor/Case Manager (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – January 28, 2015
Everything changed when the company was bought out by another company. Rules and regulations were not including clients needs any longer. Politics vs. client care. Also work vs. compensation was inadequate.
An intense highly skilled for the profound mentally & physically ill.
ASST. APARTMENT MANAGER (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – December 10, 2013
A very sad place to work in. They specialize in intense care for individuals who need specialized medical care. Extremely taxing both physically and mentally as the majority of the individuals are children and will not improve but decline and expire at different rates.
the benefits were great as was the distance to and from work
the extreme physical and mental fatigue affects the quality of life.
LPN (Former Employee) – Slipery Rock, PA – May 20, 2015
Typical day was hectic, not like normal nursing, things done differently due to state regulations and dealing with MR. Management was/is a joke, and most of the co-workers were ok if they paid attention to what they were shown and did it appropriately. Hardest part of the job was trying to get your own work completed while dealing with various situations that arose on a daily basis, answering staff questions, attending appointments, staff medication errors, and always working short staffed. Very High Turnover. Most rewarding was the clients, getting to become part of their daily routine and family to some that had none of their own.
clients, good learning experience in dealing with MH/MR
Nursing Assistant (Former Employee) – Middletown, PA – September 18, 2015
I understand the challenges that comes along with working in that atmosphere, but this place was below my expectations. It was understaffed and lacked leadership. The employees that they did have needed more guidance.
House Manager Aid (HMA) (Current Employee) – Coraopolis, PA – August 23, 2012
The company was bought out 2 years ago and has completely changed. There have been many jobs lost and the quality of care for the individuals we serve has been affected. There is also no room for advancement. I learned about management, direct care, medicine administration, OT/PT, state regulations, ect. over the last 12 years in many areas of the health care field. I love working with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The hardest part of my job is seeing the individuals decline. I have also been blessed to work with many good people.