Little time for self or family; don't expect security in employment.
Pros: salary is good, consumers want to make progress, co workers are wonderful
Cons: management is almost impossible to get along with they fire people regularly, use you against others, advocate means getting fired and blacklisted. they have too much power in management.
The consumer base is amazing. The PACT program can be effective if management would let you do your job. They micro manage. No need to possess a brain. They don't have your back, but you better have theirs.
Arrive at 8 and be prepared with a morning report by 8:15am. This is time for discussion about consumers and what they need or how they reacted to services the day before. Don't talk during the meeting. (that's right, oxymoron) Get an assignment for 6-9 consumers and visit each home taking medication; it doesn't matter if you have certification or not. Be prepared to spend at least 100$ of your cash on gasoline each week, and if you don't make an error on your log, you will get reimbursed in 2-4 weeks. Rehab need not be more than a few minutes (8). Of course spending quality time benefits the consumers and they make progress. If they make progress they begin to ask questions, then they require fewer services. After driving from one end of edmond to south OKC, be back with your report and ready to do notes in a complicated system. Expect to be criticized if you have struggles. Management is the worst. Co-workers are awesome but befriending people at work is discouraged as is after hours involvement. You are called a team, but you are independent. Have notes done by 5pm or be prepared to take it home (salary) or get behind (hourly). Hardest part is getting along with management. A kind of paranoia runs the program. Most enjoyable part is seeing the consumers grow, get better, make progress, smile in conditions in which animals live a better life. Consumers of color fair far worse than those who are white. We live in a State that is "at will"...they can fire you for no reason or make one up...