Senior Support Companion - East Los Angeles
Social/Community Integration and Participation (SCIP) is a 24-hour supported living service with positions that can provide the opportunity to work day, evening and/or overnight shifts. Some individuals may require assistance with personal care needs such as toileting, bathing, general hygiene, housekeeping, etc. Most of the people we support have challenging behaviors, which are often tied to a skills deficit in communication, coping skills, or social ability. We strive to determine the cause of the behavior and assist our participants in finding a more appropriate way to get their needs met, thus reducing their need to use inappropriate behavior. This involves assessing their abilities, strengths, and opportunities for growth, as well as teaching positive skills so they can get their needs met appropriately.
Our client will be served in 2:1 staff to client ratios. Service is delivered in clients home and in the community, and may involve the activities of daily life such as grocery shopping, going to doctor’s appointments, and other usual errands. The service we provide allows people with a variety of disabilities to live in their own home in the community, participate as an active member in their families and communities, and develop independence skills and meaningful relationships.
The Sr. Support Companion must be physically able to implement all strategies as they are defined in IABA's 'Emergency Management Guidelines', including geographical and emergency physical containment.
The Sr. Support Companion must be physically able to lift and carry items weighing up to 25 pounds (e.g., groceries, houseware items, move furniture, etc.). As well as be able to physically assist, guide, and facilitate movement of the client that may need physical assistance (e.g., wheelchair transfer, walking, etc.).
Assist SCIP management in a senior support capacity, attend appropriate management meetings, and regularly scheduled monthly staff meetings. Staffing schedule and quality assuring and submitting staff timesheets. Reliability checks on staff, in charge of setting up medical appointments and managing client medication. Writes quarterly progress reports and ensures staff are taking data on a daily basis.
Provides hands-on training to all companion positions, including being primary contact person for several companions, thereby reviewing their work on a weekly basis and holding regularly scheduled contact meetings.
Provides substitute coverage if a companion is absent.
QUALIFICATIONS: preferred but not required: BA or AA in special education, psychology, social work or related field or experience relevant to community-based programming for person with developmental disabilities. Minimum of high school diploma and 2 years working with adults with challenging behaviors.
REQUIRED: Valid Driver's license; current automobile insurance; first aid and CPR training; DMV report and Fingerprint Screening.
Full-Time/Days, Afternoons, Weekends, Overnight.
Days and hours vary based on client requirements.
Benefits for full-time employees, includes paid personal time off, paid holidays, health and dental insurance, and 401(k) plan.