Pros: helping adults with physical and mental disabilities, relationships you build w/ people you support, learning how to help people (physical help and emotional support)
Cons: co-workers lacking in professionalism, some are not diligent with people they support, sometimes house maybe short staff, lacking in community outings, care maybe sub standard in some facilities, management team maybe weak in some facilities
Bethesda Lutheran Communities has gone through some changes at the corporate level, these changes have effected the company on all levels.
I started working for BLC when it "merged" with Good Shepherd Communities in 2007, in the OC location (Mission Viejo and Lake Forest). At that time, our regional director was an older gentleman, whom I respected because due to his commendable work ethics (he would eventually promote me to a Program Manager). With the restructuring, he left the company and was replaced by the regional director from northern cali. This was when the changes happened. Because she was responsible for the entire operations in Cali (when it used to be 3 RDs for cali), she was not very present, and many people took advantage of this new reality. You could imagine how things ended up. The care for the individuals we support declined.