Pros: free meals, great co-workers, opportunity for advancement
Cons: lower pay, exhausting work, not a lot of job security
This company offers its employees to empower persons living with mental disabilities. Employees working in group homes have the opportunity to get to know consumers (residents living with mental disabilities) on a more personal level. Responsibilities vary by shift, but as a whole employees prepare breakfast for consumers get them ready for their "Day Program." In the Day Program, consumers will either go to work, go to a skills center, or they will learn life skills at home. The goal is to prepare consumers to be as independent as possible and eventually prepare them to live on their own. Employees will then prepare lunch for consumers and then they will continue with their Day Program. Some of these activities include crafts, fishing, home care, and field trips to local attractions/events. Employees would offer morning and afternoon snacks and prepare an evening meal. Employees also administered medications to consumers throughout the day. Employees also documented daily activities and behaviors (good and bad) of each consumer. The home I worked in was fun-loving and my co-workers all supported each other and offered advice as to best care practices for each consumer. The hardest part of the job was continuing to support consumers on days when they were displaying "negative" behaviors. I will not go into details, but there were times when I wanted to walk out or share my true feelings toward the consumer. I had to remind myself the consumers are just having a bad day or that they are scared and they need me and my co-workers to continue to support them. The job had many good days as well. I found that when I encouraged consumers to become more involved with meal preparation, they displayed fewer or no negative behaviors making the job a lot easier. The job was mentally exhausting, but it was always rewarding to see growth in consumers. If you can afford a smaller paycheck and have a lot of patience, this is a wonderful place to work.