Pros: being able to work as you want to with in your parameters. being part of a good team.
Cons: being alone so much. not mixing with residents much for fun stuff. adapting to new management, when we do not get to know them like on days as we do not work with them so much.
A typical night at work is getting handover and catching up about the days events, behaviours good/bad that have been noted, risk factors of residents. Checking in with the residents, asking them how thier day went, any special requests for the morning, i,e, early wake up, etc. settle the house for the night. Sort the food for the next day/days making – more... sure that the meat is out food for the menu is available. Do security check of the premises, all doors windows locked. Check the state of the house.
Checking Emails from teamLeader and team. Checking for new medicationsif any. Read the notes from when was last on, for each of the residents. If any new residents, get the information and create a new folder for them. Do the Filing for all clients and the house business. Read all relevant papers (meetings etc. Read any notes in the communication book. All the time doing room checks every 20 mins approx or more if clients at risk.
Pack up and check off all belongings if resident is leaving. making sure all items are there.
Closing down the file making sure all pages are marked with name date before sending of to storage.
Do any ordering, menus, rosters, requisitions, e mails to team.
Tidy and clean offices staff areas.
Check clients property is named and put in correct places if found in office. check the money boxes, and that all money is accounted for.
Check fridges freezers, are the correct temperatures. Clean out the meds fridge, Urine sample fridge, freezer, 1 time a month. pack away any food, cleaning supplies, stationary that may have come in to the correct places.
In the mornings wake the house at requested times or at the wake up time. Then be on the floor talking with and making sure that the morning schedule is running Ok. Do checks on the dorms with Higher level resident, check they have done all duties required. Administer any medications required before breakfast. Breakfast with residents. Administer all cleaning equipment / sprays, check jobs are done do notes. Administer any medications required after food.
Do hand over with next shift coming on.
You definatly learn thatno 2 days are ever thae same, patience, listening skills, how much fun young people are/ how complex they can be. To be able to cope in all sorts of situations. That as long as you have done all you can, you can not help them all, some are not quite ready. To learn to leave work at work.
You learn as much from them as you are hoping to show them.
You are definately part of a team, and how each individual of the team has important skills and ways that you can admire and learn from, that if yopu do have a difference with someone in the team, it is so important to talk to them about this in a proffessional way. I have been extremely lucky working in theis organisation that we are all proffessional and can be open and want feed back from each other, I feel that this is what has helped us to pull together when the going gets tough, and to really bere for each other.
The hardest part of the job for myself is when you really want to help someone, and you feel that you may not have said or done enough, or in the right way for that particular person It is getting to really know the person you are relating to, and letting them get to know you, because we see them for a short while only while they are awake, and a lot of our time is getting them to follow directives, it can seem as if we are just involved in getting them to follow house movements, exspecially when they are new for the first month. Whereas when you are on days you are involved in fun stuff as well. it is really important to listen and take what we can from other staff,
The most enjoyable part is watching this person develope and learn new ways of relating to people, problems, themselves. Knowing that even if they do not completely stop doing the things that are bad for them they now know new ways to keep themselves safe, and from experience over time I have had feed back from many of the residents down the track, that they have learned so much more from being here than I thought when they left. They have actually said that things that they learned here help them all the time. It is really enjoyable to sit around with the house when everyone is going well and just see how amazing these young people are. – less