Direct Support Professional (DSP/CNA)- Moline, IL
Individual Advocacy Group Inc. - East Moline, IL

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Company Overview:
The mission of IAG is to help children and adults with disabilities and their families live normal lives in the community with the support of specialized services. The value propounded by IAG include those of dignity, respect, participation, advocacy and including appropriate care by the appropriate providers.

A group who advocates for people with special needs.'

Individual Advocacy Group (IAG) was started in 1995. IAG provides training services, therapies and residential support programs for children and adults who have developmental disabilities, mental illness, behavioral disorders or who have sustained brain injury. IAG provides services to 21 different counties throughout Illinois and Washington DC.

Description

To achieve a homelike, community integrated living environment based on values of individual self-worth, dignity, equality and respect for maximum participation in routine everyday activities, experiences and challenges by providing functional skills training, social/interpersonal experiences, therapies, health services, community support activities and opportunities for community inclusion to behaviorally, emotionally, and developmentally disabled adults who reside in a community residential setting under DCFS licensing rules and applicable federal regulations in order to assure maximum normalized living, independence and self-reliance over the individuals lifespan.

To improve or assure consistency in attained functional skills and provide structures community, social and interpersonal experiences/activities for normalized living and personal growth.

Duties:
Client: Trains/coaches/assists individual in personal hygiene and ADL skills, bathing, toileting, shaving, etc., using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain further development in independent functioning.

Trains/coaches/assists individual in eating meals or meal preparation and clean-up including use of utensils, meal preparation, etc., using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain and maintain further development in independent functioning.

Trains/coaches/assists individual in dressing skills including putting on or taking off clothing, manipulating fasteners, identifying types of clothing, personal possessions of clothes, etc., using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain further development in independent functioning.

Trains/coaches/assists individual in communication skills including eye contact, tracking speaker or object, language development, use of argumentative communication devices, etc., using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain further development in independent functioning.

Trains/coaches/assists individual in mobility skills including development of walking, use of wheelchairs, walkers, canes or other equipment supporting mobility using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain further development in independent functioning.

Trains/coaches/assists individual in appropriate interpersonal interactions and social situations including eye contact, proper holding and touching, facial responses to others, playing meeting others, etc., using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain normalized individual development and normalized socialization.

Implement activities, situational experiences or leisure time for individuals using necessary equipment, vehicles, events or sites in accordance with daily routine, written schedule or QMHP/Therapists instructions according to individual interests, needs and goals in order to obtain normalized development, normalized socialization, and for fun.

Accompanies individuals on medical appointments, field trips, appointments or events away from home site using necessary vehicles or public transportation in accordance to individual needs, goals, and planned events or in emergencies following instructions from QMHP, Nurse or Supervisory personnel to maintain health, safety and welfare.

Organizational: Discusses individuals response to IPP implementation, significant events or individuals participation in everyday activities with QMHP, IDT staff or supervisory staff in accordance with prescribed procedures in order to accomplish organizational related to agency requirements and state or federal guidelines.

Collects specific information from individuals relations, co-workers who have contact with the child, and monitors individuals records, etc. in order to accomplish organizational objectives related to agency requirements and state or federal guidelines.

Establishes lesson plans for training areas assigned and files/updates records in individuals charts in order to accomplish organizational objectives related to agency requirements and state or federal guidelines.

General Duties:
Reinforces proper behavior, communication/language, interpersonal exchange, etc., in order to obtain normalized development or improve independent functioning.

Supports and encourages everyday use of learned skills and abilities as part of the natural daily routine in order to maximize normalized development and independent functioning.

Performs health related tasks including taking blood pressure/temperature, checking skin condition, colostomy care assistance, positioning, etc., using prescribed procedures or following QMRP/Nurse instructions in order to maintain each individuals health, safety and welfare.

Organizational:
Exchanges with, receives from or provides to diagnostic staff, colleagues or supervisor information about the individual or individuals program in verbal or written format as required in order to maintain records, plan or implement services.
Formulates individuals objectives and evaluates individuals performance on assigned objectives examining outcome against states criteria, using rating scales, tracking sheets, monthly progress reports, etc., in order to ensure personal growth and improvement in specific skill acquisition.
Completes required reports, uirs, forms, progress notes, etc., using performance records and established guidelines in order to fulfill agency requirements.
Performs regular census using required forms at designated times in order to ensure the day-to-day functioning of the program and to comply with guidelines.
Participates in various regularly scheduled duties first aid, break duty, dining duty, fire and tornado drills, etc., in accordance with assigned schedules and regulations in order to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the individuals.
Achieves competency or certification in first aid, CRP or other required skills within prescribed timeframes in accordance with agencys policies and procedures in order to fulfill agency requirements and to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the individuals.
Inspects/monitors individuals for appropriateness or status of clothing, personal hygiene, behavior, skin condition, etc., in reference to standards and taking corrective action following prescribed procedures if required in order to maintain the health, safety and welfare and maintain the dignity, self-respect and self-esteem of each individual
Substitutes for absent co-workers in performance of assigned duties with direction from supervisor in order to ensure the date-to-day functioning of the unit.
Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned by supervisor in order to ensure day-to-day functioning of the unit.
Other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements:Education/Experience:
High School Diploma or GED.

CNA experience helpful with a senior population.

Skills/Knowledge:
Follows methods and procedures in delivery of instructional, training and support services.

Knowledge of and implementation of each designated individuals needs, goals, interventions and supports.

Completion of required records keeping, reports and assignments.

Quality of interactions with supervisor, program staff, DCFS caseworker individuals and outside individuals.

Efficient/cost effective use of time, materials and human resources.

Quality of coordination of work and monitoring of work performance.

Proficient in word processing, data base management, and spreadsheet, e.g., Word Access or Excel.

Must possess strong interpersonal skills.

Must possess a valid drivers license

Must possess current vehicle insurance

Must be over 25 to operate an agency vehicle.

Physical Demands:
May be required to frequently sit for extended periods.

May be required to infrequently lift/move objects weighing up to 40 pounds.

Must possess the ability to communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) with Agency supervisors, co-workers, benefit providers, and clients.

Must have visual, hearing, and learning capabilities sufficient to perform the essential functions defined above.

Environment and Scheduling:
Work performed in well-lit, confidential environment.

May be required to meet with individuals and/or staff throughout the Agencys facilities

Scheduled work hours are 7:00am to 3:00pm; 3:00pm to 11:00pm; 11:00pm to 7:00am, or as assigned.
Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements - no phone calls please.

IAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.

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