- Ensure and safeguard individuals' human dignity, rights, and liberties.
- Demonstrate a high regard for each person and sensitivity for cultural values, expectations and goals of individuals, families, staff and others.
- Display professional attitude and behavior, being courteous, empathetic, helpful and positive in all interpersonal interactions.
- Work effectively and cooperatively with individuals, staff, families, community members and others; presenting self and Venture in a positive and professional manner.
- Focus on providing consumer satisfaction as primary goal; regularly seeking feedback and input from persons served.
- Maintain confidentiality by discussing individual concerns only with appropriate people in private settings.
- Active listener and utilize clear and direct communication.
- Implement Day Habilitation Service Plan (DHSP) objectives.
- Assist individuals to identify, develop and participate in a variety of meaningful activities to increase functional independence.
- Support individuals as appropriate, in making and expressing choices, throughout their day; to include a total communication system.
- Assist individuals to build on their individual strengths and interests.
- Identify and provide the support needed by individuals to successfully become a part of the community and to participate with in-house activities; according to each person’s needs and wishes.
- Plan weekly schedules with individuals and implement designated activities.
- Follow the learning style and implementation strategy as outlined in each person’s DHSP.
- Consistently incorporate individual’s therapeutic goals into daily activities etc.
- Document each person’s progress towards DHSP objectives.
- Report daily activities and any unusual incidents in the individual’s data book and to the Manager; encourage the person to share information with his/her home care provider.
- Document daily DHSP progress in daily log, being behaviorally specific.
- Ensure that ALL individuals served are participating in activities to the best of their ability, providing hand over hand assistance when needed.
- Submit quarterly progress notes on individuals’ DHSP to Case Manager according to an established schedule.
- Complete all necessary data sheets for the Physical, Occupational, Speech and Behavioral Therapists.
- Complete incident reports as necessary; to include behavioral incident reports.
- Assist individuals physically as necessary, including, but not limited to: Using the restroom, regularly lift and/or transfer/move individuals in and out of wheelchairs, vehicles, from upward and downward positions to a mat etc.
- Eating: assistance and monitoring per individual needs.
- Assist as needed with grooming, hygiene and walking.
- Follow emergency evacuation plan.
- Behavioral incidents: intervene verbally and physically with individuals as appropriate.
- Ensure individuals health, safety and general well-being.
- Assist individuals to maintain hygiene at all times
- Maintain a safe, clean and stimulating environment.
- Ensure that all individuals follow diet orders including food consistency
- Keep the Manager informed of any potential problems or needs of the consumer that may arise and are not being addressed.
- Follow established chain of communication in regard to each person’s needs, concerns etc.
- Support individuals as active members of the community by providing or maintaining community based habilitation/therapeutic experiences through social, recreational and volunteer opportunities, based on the individual’s needs and wishes.
- Adhere to all Venture Policies and Procedures
- Attend and participate in staff meetings, trainings and development.
- Work as a team member to accomplish common tasks, resolve issues and plan for change.
- Promote accessibility for people with disabilities in the community by identifying and addressing existing and potential barriers to access (architectural, attitudinal, etc.).
- Transport individuals, as assigned for community based activities.
MARGINAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Handle related job duties in compliance with Agency policy.
- Interact professionally and maintain effective relationships with all other departments within the agency.
- Maintain confidentiality and positive demeanor while successfully juggling multiple priorities.
- All other job related duties as assigned.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to bend, stoop, reach and lift - physical flexibility.
- Maintain First Aid and CPR certifications.
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
- Maintain trainings specific to individual programmatic issues.
TRANSPORTATION DRIVER / MONITOR
SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Driver/Monitor reports to the Transportation Coordinator. Drivers/Monitors are directly responsible for the daily transportation and monitoring of developmentally disabled / physically disabled individuals from point of residence to Day Program site in a safe, efficient manner. In this capacity, all DDS general laws and regulations will be adhered to. This position will be compensated on an hourly basis.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Must be able to drive and operate all Venture vehicles.
- Ensure and safe guard Venture individuals' human dignity, rights and liberties.
- Adhere to all applicable DDS, Venture and MART regulations, policies and procedures, as well as state and local laws in the operation of the vehicle.
- Ability to assist individuals who require assistance in entering and leaving the vehicle.
- Attendance at all training sessions, staff meetings, and supervision as scheduled.
- Ensure all safety precautions regarding the operation of motor vehicles and transportation of individuals, ensure all individuals will be seated while vehicle is in motion, and assist individuals in securing seat belts, if needed.
- Safely transport individuals to and from home and day site.
- Work cooperatively with all drivers, monitors, individuals, programs and families.
- Maintain internal and external cleanliness of vehicle.
- Conduct a vehicle inspection before use, utilizing the Venture check list and report all needed repairs and maintenance immediately to the Transportation Coordinator.
- Routine fueling of vehicle.
- Ensure the individuals are given every opportunity to obtain transportation by following the agency procedures and training.
- All individual related communication regarding individuals will be followed up by submission of an Incident Report within 24 hours re: specific communication. Confidentiality is mandatory re: individual communications.
- Arrive at individuals’ residence within 5 minutes before or after scheduled time frames.
- Offer physical assistance when necessary, offer assistance with possessions when necessary within 5 feet of the van.
- Notify Transportation Director immediately if any problems exist that impedes safe, efficient transportation.
MARGINAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Other job related duties, as requested.
- Must wear Venture supplied uniform while on shift (including shirt and badge)
- Maintain confidentiality and positive demeanor while successfully juggling multiple priorities simultaneously.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:
- Maintain First Aid, CPR, AED & Safety Care certifications
- Ability to read, write and comprehend English language.
- Ability to communicate clearly with peers and Direct Support Professional’s.
- Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds up to 150 pounds (assistance with non-ambulatory individuals).
- Ability to bend, stoop, reach and lift - physical flexibility.
- Ability to handle job related documentation.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule.
- Maintain consistent and clear communication with Transportation Director and RRI staff.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
- High School Degree or G.E.D.
- Must be 21+ years old, daily use of a vehicle on site and be available by telephone for daily contact.
- Must have valid Class D License with a minimum of three years driving experience.
- Must obtain a 1 or 2 year DOT physical certification prior to the commencement of employment and maintain DOT certification.
- Must pass acceptable annual CORI and 10 year driving record checks.
- Must have current CPR Certification and First Aid Certification; or obtain certification prior to working with the individuals.
Employee must possess the knowledge; skills and abilities listed above, and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job. Employee must be able to speak, read and write in fluent English.