Residence Counselor
Springbrook - Oneonta, NY

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Residence Counselor

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Reports to:

Residential Supervisor

Last Revision Date:

April 30, 2012

Position Summary:

To provide assistance to individuals living in residential care with all aspects of daily living, personal care, and recreation. Ensure thorough implementation of all areas of protective oversight and promotion of choice. Demonstrate compliance with all Springbrook policies and OPWDD policies to ensure safe and smooth operation of the home.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

· Demonstrate good role model behavior while working with the individuals in daily living skills, leisure, and recreational activities.

· Prompt and regular attendance at assigned job site is necessary and essential to the successful fulfillment of the responsibilities of the position. The position is classified as essential. Residence counselors may be required to work at different locations on different shifts as needs demand. Overtime may also be required as needs demand.

· Assure the safety and well-being of each individual while promoting independence and respecting each individual’s choices, needs, and rights.

· Maintain documentation and records of residents’ income and activities in Daily Living Data Sheets, Medical Consult Sheets, In-House Medical Notes, Medication Administration Log, Daily Comment Notes, Residence Plan Book, and Correspondence Sheets as required on a daily basis.

· Maintain certifications and in-services as required by this position such as Fire Prevention, Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention, Medication Administration, First Aid, and any other training mandated by OPWDD or the Agency necessary to meet the needs of the residents.

· Adhere to the mandates set forth by the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

· Maintain current understanding of Springbrook’s Policy and Procedure Book for handling Medical Emergencies, Incident Reporting, Medication Administration Procedures, etc.

· Maintain proper inventory levels of food, clothing, personal care supplies, and household maintenance supplies to meet the needs of the individuals and to ensure the smooth operation of the residence.

· Maintain the personal hygiene of the residents and the sanitary conditions of the residence. Specific tasks ranging from performing intensive personal care needs for the residents (i.e. toileting) to supervising residents while they perform the tasks will depend on the abilities of the residents to care for themselves and their residence.

· Provide proper maintenance of the residence, its grounds, and vehicles.

· Perform Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention as necessary for physical restraint and control of individuals exhibiting aggressive behaviors including one-person escort, standing wrap, seated wrap, and one-person take down onto side.

· Make use of the available community resources appropriate to the individuals’ interests and abilities to help integrate the individuals into the community.

· Cleaning kitchen, bathrooms, common living areas, etc., including windows, as

· Washing, drying, folding, and storing consumer-specific and house laundry.

· Shoveling snow, spreading salt and sand as required.

· Assisting in the dressing and undressing of individuals receiving services, including the tying of shoes.

· Assisting individuals receiving services in and out of the bathtub/shower, as well as bathing or assisting with the bathing using hand-over-hand washing.

· Assisting individuals receiving services in and out of van and/or automobiles and drive individuals receiving services in agency vehicles to work, recreational activities, and medical appointments.

· Transfer individuals receiving services in and out of wheelchairs and assist them in their use of physical adaptive equipment such as walkers, standers, and braces.

· Escort individuals receiving services, with arm to elbow support, up and down exterior and interior stairs and while walking in the community.

· Assistance or full support in toileting and use of diapers.

· Shared school staff must swim with individuals receiving services in the pool.

· Work alone during normal shift or covering other shifts as needed. Residential Counselors may be required to provide coverage in a work location other than their primary residence.

· Other duties as needed.

Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

· Minimum requirements are a high school diploma or equivalent
· Experience with individuals who are developmentally disabled is preferred
· Springbrook orientation which includes Medication Administration, CPR, and First Aid must be completed successfully within 3 months of employment.
· Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including overtime as necessary.
· Duties require professional verbal and written communication skills.
· Proficiency in or knowledge of using a variety of computer software and e-mail applications, especially Microsoft Excel, Outlook and Word; have the aptitude to learn other computer software as necessary.
· Must be able to lift 50 lbs. independently and assist in lifting weights exceeding 50 lbs.
· Meet the requirements to drive Springbrook vehicles as required.
· Be able to perform all physical interventions.

Based on your understanding of the duties of the job you are applying for, are you able to perform these duties with or without accommodation? ____Yes ____ No

This document describes the position currently available. It is not an employment contract. Springbrook reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time.

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