Adult Companion

JOB DESCRIPTION
ADULT COMPANION

GENERAL STATEMENT:

While this position specifies responsibilities, requirements and duties in certain operational areas, this person(s) is an employee at will of Independent Living Services and will be expected to respond to such requests not specifically contained herein. This person(s) must maintain the attitude that he/she works for the total organization, and as such exhibit proper cooperation, enthusiasm and interest in all areas deemed necessary for the continuing success of ILS programs. Knowledge of the ILS Policy and Employee Handbook is required.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Adult Companion works under the supervision of the Direct Support Professional.  Regular contact with the supervisors is necessary. This person will be part of a team effort including the individual being served, family, other personnel and/or service providers identified in the plan of care.  A positive relationship with the individuals and their families is vitally important.  ILS reserves the right to adjust employment hours and days of operation based upon requirements to fulfill contract obligations.

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

General duties and guiding principles:

  • Focus first on the person being served, and understand that my role in direct supports will require flexibility, creativity, and commitment.
  • Know and respect the values of the people I support and facilitate their expression of choices related to those values.
  • Provide advocacy when the individual’s preferences, needs, or talents are neglected or overlooked.
  • Encourage growth and recognize the autonomy of the individuals receiving services while also being attentive reducing their risk of harm.
  • Develop relationships with the individuals I support that are respectful, based on mutual trust, and that maintains professional boundaries.
  • Address challenging behaviors proactively and respectfully, using methods outlined in the ILS Employee Handbook, and follow any behavior management plans in effect for specific individuals.
  • Help individuals I support understand and express their rights and responsibilities.
  • Recognize that each individual I provide services to has potential for lifelong learning and growth.
  • Assist the individuals I support to understand their options and the possible consequences of their options as they relate to their physical and emotional health and well being.
    Be conscious of my own values and how they influence my professional decisions.
  • Maintain competency in my profession through continued learning and attending and being an active participant in staff meetings and trainings.
  • Assume responsibility and accountability for my actions and decisions.
  • Recognize the importance of modeling valued behaviors to co-workers, individuals receiving services, and the community at large.
  • Practice responsible work habits.
  • Being on time for work
  • Completing all necessary documentation to assure compliance with all state and federal regulations.  These may include, but are not limited to:  daily data sheets and clinic notes, attendance logs, time records, incident reports, behavior reports, accident reports, seizure reports, etc.
  • Maintaining strict confidentiality for all consumer information, and facility operations

Job Duties:

  • Assist/supervise meal preparation, housekeeping and lawn care.
  • Complete items/tasks listed on housekeeping and or internal safety checklist unless item is listed specifically within consumer’s goals to complete with one-on-one staff for that day.
  • Supervision and support of the individual.
  • Document any extreme or unusual behavior problems and report supervisor.
  • Follow emergency procedures as per ILS Policies & Procedures and Health & Safety Program.
  • Conduct regular fire/weather drills as outlined by ILS Policies and Procedures and other Health and Safety Policies and document on proper forms.
  • Assist in planning home and community opportunities for consumers.
  • Assist in development of personal/social skills.
  • Supervision of community skills trainer, i.e., staff coverage, assist with interviewing as requested, and assist with evaluations as requested.
  • Provide support to consumer(s) if work program is closed or they are ill.
  • Assist in taking consumer(s) to appointments.
  • Be a team member and provide input, planning and training ideas to your supervisor.
  • Communicate to staff information relating to care and well being of the residents.
  • Monthly documentation as required.
  • Adult companion shall attend in-service training and/or retraining requirements as scheduled.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive, and employee will also perform other reasonable related job duties as assigned.  This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Part of your job may include providing support for the waiver individual for things including but not limited to: assisting with appointments, closure of work programs, consumers being home ill, staff shortages, etc. those duties are considered part of your job.

Independent Living Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, orientation, religion, disability, ethnicity, origin, marital status, or veteran status.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Preferably a High School Education or equivalent
  • Valid AR driver’s license in good standing
  • Ability to safely operate any and all vehicles, business machines, and industrial equipment necessary for the successful operation of the program.
  • Proof of vehicle liability insurance
  • Ability to lift at a minimum of 25 pounds
  • Maintain a current negative Health Card or chest x-ray (TB skin test).
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 12 hours continuing education and training in topics relative to the position      annually.
  • Ability to observe and record programming and behavioral data.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with staff and consumers verbally or utilizing other effective means.
  • Knowledge of independent living skills
  • Experience in areas of employment directly related to the performance of this job as included in the above “Job Duties and Responsibilities” is preferred.

BENEFITS:

See Employee Handbook – Section 201 – 201A.  Benefits eligibility is based on category classification and hours worked per week.

NOTE: Part-time employees working less than 30 hours weekly do not qualify for benefits