Managed a group home of programs for 7 individuals that reside in the home, along with managed 12 staff
Pros: Working with the clients each day, Staff, flexible schedules, Meeting client and guardian goals, being involed in setting new goals
Cons: I still had to cover shifts with lack of staff plus complete my office work. Working longs days, Oncall 24/7, not being involved in new client enrollment until the day the client moves in
I would review programs on a daily basis that staff would document in. Manage the clients finances and medical appointment and Mental Health needs. Also was responsible for grocery list and shopping, client activities and their daily needs are being taken care of. Staff schedules, weekly payroll and I was On Call Monday-Fri and every 3 weekend for 3 homes.
The most enjoyable part of this job was making a difference in a person's day to day life. The clients I served had multiple intellectual disabilities. I learned more from them then any class or text book could ever teach me. To see their smiles at the smallest accomplishments meant more to me then a pay raise.
Administration was the hardest part. We were to be a team and the team was what they wanted. My Program Coordinator
resigned and they decided not to replace her. Another person in the organization took over her role and made it clear she did not like me. She waited for me to take a vacation to go into my group home and make changes to the house, schedules and programs. She told staff not to contact me of these changes. When I came back I had staff upset, clients and guardians. I knew it wasn't going to get any better so after a week and being pulled into the assistant administration's office with the new supervisor and another Coordinator with a closed door, I knew it was time that I just leave. I did not give notice.