Pros: public activities, camping trips, group activities, competitive environment but most of all very rewarding.
Cons: high turn over rate, low pay, lack of communication, some unprofessionalism from admin, and under-staff
A typical day at work consisted of preparing meals, administering medications, making sure all the individuals goals are met and completed in the most safest and peaceful route. Every meal is prepared according to a nutritional but enjoyable standard. Each consumer has their own individual behavior plans and goals. These behavior plans are constructed – more... and placed for their own safety and the safety of others. All staffs must follow these behavior plans accordingly and to the best of their abilities. At the end of every shift, all documentations have to be filled out properly. If an incident happened while staff was on duty, staff must fill out incident report and have it turned in within the time frame provided by support coordinator and Director and based on company policies. As a staff, confidentiality is a very important factor. We are not to disclose any information about any if our consumers. When documentations are completed and filed, staff's shift may then end.
The hardest part of the job is not knowing the individual or going into a situation unprepared. When going into a behavior, most of the individuals are much more prone to talking to staff without any physical contact if you as the staff know how to handle the individual and have read their behavior plan. The most enjoyable part is knowing how rewarding I feel at the end of the day when they innocently proclaim their love for you as the best staff in the world. As like every work environment, every person (staff) is different. We each have our own ways of handling certain situations and circumstances. For the most part, it was very welcoming to work with others. – less