Rewarding job that brings new and exciting challenges.
Pros: free lunch, great management, scheduled raises, full time opportunity
Cons: no breaks, some but not many opportunities to advance in company
I once read an article that stated, if a stay-at-home mother were to get paid for all the trades and jobs she had to do in one day, she would make around $115,000 annually. Although this amount has no relevance to my current position, the tasks at hand have quite a few similarities.
I do not take care of children, but the main focus of this position – more... is to provide adequate and direct care. In one typical day, I pass many different types of medications, help with daily living activities such as showers, dressing, hygiene, and meals. I also provide one on one interaction and emotional support to the individuals that live at my place of work. All of these tasks are constantly balanced with the other tasks needed around the home such as filing paperwork, arranging appointments, attending appointments with individuals, cooking, fixing things around the home, being a personal shopper for individuals living at the home, cleaning, updating personal files, doing financial paperwork, making follow up phone calls, and always brainstorming with my problem solving skills to make every part of the home better and more efficient running, etc.
This job has remarkably sharpened my eye for detail orientation and the ability to do things as efficiently as I can. Since I personally assist with all paperwork, I have learned so much about how an office is proficiently ran and kept on schedule at all times. It has taught me so many problem solving skills and what to do in emergency situations.
I am thankful for the management Dungarvin provides. I have never had any problems with my current supervisor. She has always addressed my needs and does an amazingly thorough job. Dungarvin's management provides to all new employees an extremely detailed and extensive training program which I think is necessary for Direct Care positions. I also have no problems getting along with and working well with any of my co-workers. We work efficiently as a team.
The hardest part of my job, is not any of the tasks that I have to do, but balancing my emotions and feelings towards working with highly verbally and physically aggressive individuals with medical needs. This job requires a strong person who can keep their calm in stressful situations such as verbal and physical aggression. I need to constantly assess the situation at hand to respond professionally so I can avoid agitating individuals behaviors and remember to not take things to heart because often times the individual cannot help it and never meant to hurt your feelings. At the end of the day, the people I work with, are still people. They have good days and bad days just like anyone. It is extremely rewarding to know I have made a difference in someone's life by helping them live theirs. – less