Current Openings at Ability Connection

Direct Care Attendants

The DCA is responsible for providing care, supervision and training for HCS Programs
consumers in their place of residence. The DCA is responsible for providing quality and
safe DCA services in order that consumers can reach their greatest level of independence.
The DCA possesses a mature approach and a sympathetic/empathetic attitude toward
people with disabilities and the elderly. The DCA is able to read, write and carry out
directions in a safe, effective and efficient manner. You will be evaluated on Professional
Behaviors during each evaluation period. The DCA reports directly to the HCS Programs
Scheduler.

Ability Connection is looking to hire Direct Care Attendants in the DFW Area. Positions available in the following locations:

Plano: 12:00PM – 5:00PM (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) / 6:00PM – 12:00am
(Saturday & Sunday) This male client is looking for some to help him with his
daily living skills, he may also need someone to transport him to certain
appointments.

Plano: This family is requesting an attendant for their 18 year old daughter. They will require assistance on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6PM to 9PM. They are also asking for assistance on Saturdays from 11AM to 5PM. There is no transportation required. Please contact us for more details!

Richardson: 10:00AM-1:30PM (2 Days per week) This female client is looking for an
attendants to assist her with her basic daily living skills and independent living skills.

Irving: This male client is looking for someone to help him with his daily living skills and
for someone to have him involved with the community like going to the library, park, six
flags, etc.

Dallas: 6:00AM – 9:00AM (Monday – Friday)This male client is looking for someone to
assist him in the mornings to get ready for his day as in making bed and reminding daily
hygiene.

Dallas – White Rock Lake Area: This female client is wanting an Attendant to assist her travel into the community to complete her grocery shopping, run small errands, and assist her with organizing her home. The client prefers a strict schedule of 2–3 days per week for at least 3 hours. The specific days and times are negotiable. Please contact us for more information!

Frisco (Near the Colony): 10AM-4PM (3 Days per week) This male client is looking for someone to assist him improve his communication and money management skills. The Attendant that assists this client will sometimes be required to drive short distances into the surrounding community with him.

Please contact:
Christina Smith at (214) 351-2500 x2222 for details.
csmith@abilityconnection.org

Program Assistant (Part Time)

Proactively supports and assists all staff in the day to day development, training , activities, care and needs of the students and clients with physical/intellectual disabilities.   Ensures that a clean and safe environment is maintained.   Follows the Mission, Vision, Philosophies, Goals,  Policies and Core Values of Ability Connection.

Job Title:  Program Assistant (Part Time)

Reports to:  Lead Manager/Instructor: IMPACT or Life Change Training Center

Job Summary:   Proactively supports and assists all staff in the day to day development, training , activities, care and needs of the students and clients with physical/intellectual disabilities.   Ensures that a clean and safe environment is maintained.   Follows the Mission, Vision, Philosophies, Goals,  Policies and Core Values of Ability Connection.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Be able to work both individually and in a team
  • Performs or assists students and clients with various personal care services, and activities of daily living, including but not limited to: hygiene, toileting, feeding, transfers, etc.
  • Assists with Program activities, educational, vocational, inclusion, independence and health/wellness activities
  • Follow Ability Connection procedures to ensure safety of all student, clients, other staff and volunteers. Monitors and observes clients for safety.
  • Follow safety and infection control procedures.
  • Maintains a clean, safe environment for clients and personnel.
  • Attends in-service programs, client care conferences, and staff meetings as scheduled.
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Ensures proper daily environment is at a high standard for cleanliness throughout the day including, but not limited to taking out trash, changing bed linens, laundry, cleaning of restrooms, and vacuuming/mopping of all common areas.
  • Follow all Ability Connection mission, philosophies, core values, policies, and procedures.
  • Respect the confidentiality of all clients at all times.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and appropriately with all staff, clients, volunteers and visitors.
  • Maintain a positive working environment and “can do” attitude.

Working conditions: Pleasant, well lighted, air-conditioned work environment.

Physical Requirements:

Physically able to assist clients with transfers and ambulation.

Must be able to lift clients to move from one locale to another following  Ability Connectionlift procedures.

Knowledge, skills, and Abilities:

  • Must be able to communicate and deal with behaviors exhibited by students/clients including those that show varying degrees of dementia or intellectual disability.  Must demonstrate proper body mechanics in client transfer and ambulating assistance.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Must be able to communicate in English effectively.
  • Must have a high energy level and a constant positive attitude
  • Provides documentation on a yearly basis of an annual TB test.
  • Provide documentation of any certificates of licenses if any.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Maintains and provides current CPR certifications.
  • Must be 18 years old or older.
  • Previous experience working with person with Special Needs a plus

Working hours/locations are assigned by the Lead Manager, Instructor and/or Chief Program Officer.

HCS Residential Aide (RA)

The RA is responsible for providing care, supervision and training for residents at the Group Homes. The RA is responsible for providing quality and safe direct care in order that clients can reach their greatest level of independence. The RA must possess a mature approach and a sympathetic/empathic attitude toward people with disabilities and the elderly.

Job Title:  HCS Residential Aide (RA)

Department:  HCS Programs

Reports To:  HCS Residential Care Manager (RCM)

SUMMARY

The RA is responsible for providing care, supervision and training for residents at the Group Homes. The RA is responsible for providing quality and safe direct care in order that clients can reach their greatest level of independence. The RA must possess a mature approach and a sympathetic/empathic attitude toward people with disabilities and the elderly. The RA must be able to read, write and carry out directions in a safe, effective and efficient manner. You will be evaluated on your Professional Behaviors during each evaluation period. The RA reports directly to the HCS RCM.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  1. Demonstrates respect for clients and their rights. Protects the consumers’ rights to privacy and personal property. Holds consumer’s personal information confidential. Observes procedures for handling resident’s money.
  2. Implements the Individual Service Plan specific to each consumer and providing appropriate and safe techniques in assisting with activities of daily living and independent living tasks (i.e. dressing, grooming, toileting, feeding, etc.). Provides assistance in all needed areas.
  3. Demonstrates knowledge and use of all learned information during the training videos during orientation.
  4. Demonstrates safe transfer and ambulation techniques for each participant.
  5. Participates in a proactive manner in IDT meetings.
  6. Monitors medication and carries out other health related tasks after being trained by a licensed nurse.
  7. Act as a positive role model by interacting with the residents in ways that promote a good self-concept independence and age appropriateness.
  8. Performs other tasks as assigned including all recommendations from counseling and therapeutic services, such as, positioning, range of motion, etc.
  9. Shops or completes errands for consumers as needed by the consumer, including but not limited to, community inclusion activities, etc., and assists in securing or providing transportation in accordance with state laws.
  10. Assists with meal planning, preparation and eating and ensures adequate intake of nutrition and fluid intake.
  11. Immediately reports changes in consumer’s body functioning to the licensed nurse. Recognizes emergency situations and the appropriate action to take. In life threatening emergencies, notify 911 then page the licensed nurse.
  12. Performs household duties as assigned to maintain a clean and healthy environment for consumers and staff, including but not limited to, mopping; dusting; vacuuming; laundry; spill clean-up; etc.
  13. Assists the consumers with developing and implementing community inclusion activities, as well as, facilitating social interaction and positive behavior.
  14. After each shift, detailed progress notes are completed on each consumer. Any important information will be verbally told to the oncoming shift and written in the logbook, i.e. medication changes, clients conditions, etc.
  15. Once an assignment is accepted, a 48 hour notice is required to cancel your assignment or disciplinary action may follow (except in emergency situations).
  16. Participation in scheduled department and All Staff Meetings. Participate in outside agency training as directed by the HCS RCM. All agency required training is current.
  17. All other duties as assigned, including but not limited to, restocking supplies; assisting with all consumers when needed; supply and/or grocery inventory, etc.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

N/A

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

High School Diploma or GED required. One year experience in providing care to persons with disabilities.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to complete progress notes on a daily basis. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization as needed.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Required: Current Driver’s License, proof of auto liability insurance, TB test results, and CPR training. Must not possess a criminal record that would prohibit the employee from working with people with disabilities. Must pass a pre-employment drug screening.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Must have good health in order to maintain an acceptable attendance record as established by the agency. Must be able to assist with lifting objects or residents (a minimum of 50 pounds for a one person lift and 150 pounds for a two person lift) utilizing approved techniques. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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ICF Residential Aide (RA)

The RA is responsible for providing care, supervision and training for residents at the Group Homes. The RA is responsible for providing quality and safe direct care in order that clients can reach their greatest level of independence.

Job Title:  ICF Residential Aide (RA)

Department:  Residential Services

Reports To:  ICF Residential Care Manager (RCM)

SUMMARY

The RA is responsible for providing care, supervision and training for residents at the Group Homes. The RA is responsible for providing quality and safe direct care in order that clients can reach their greatest level of independence. The RA must possess a mature approach and a sympathetic/empathic attitude toward people with disabilities and the elderly. The RA must be able to read, write and carry out directions in a safe, effective and efficient manner. You will be evaluated on your Professional Behaviors during each evaluation period. The RA reports directly to the ICF RCM.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  1. Demonstrates respect for clients and their rights. Protects the consumer’s rights to privacy and personal property. Holds consumer’s personal information confidential. Observes procedures for handling resident’s money.
  2. Implements the Individual Service Plan specific to each consumer and providing appropriate and safe techniques in assisting with activities of daily living and independent living tasks (i.e. dressing, grooming, toileting, feeding, etc.). Provides assistance in all needed areas.
  3. Demonstrates knowledge and use of all learned information during the training videos during orientation (Confidentiality, Abuse and Neglect, Universal Precautions, Safety and Accident Prevention, and Infection Control).
  4. Demonstrates safe transfer and ambulation techniques for each participant.
  5. Participates in a proactive manner in IDT meetings.
  6. Monitors medication and carries out other health related tasks after being trained by a licensed nurse.
  7. Act as a positive role model by interacting with the residents in ways that promote a good self-concept independence and age appropriateness.
  8. Performs other tasks as assigned including all recommendations from counseling and therapeutic services, such as, positioning, range of motion, etc.
  9. Shops or completes errands for consumers as needed by the consumer, including but not limited to, community inclusion activities, etc., and assists in securing or providing transportation in accordance with state laws.
  10. Assists with meal planning, preparation and eating and ensures adequate intake of nutrition and fluid intake.
  11. Immediately reports changes in consumer’s body functioning to the licensed nurse. Recognizes emergency situations and the appropriate action to take. In life threatening emergencies, notify 911 then page the licensed nurse.
  12. Performs household duties as assigned to maintain a clean and healthy environment for consumers and staff, including but not limited to, mopping; dusting; vacuuming; laundry; spill clean-up; etc.
  13. Assists the consumers with developing and implementing community inclusion activities, as well as, facilitating social interaction and positive behavior.
  14. After each shift, detailed progress notes are completed on each consumer. Any important information will be verbally told to the oncoming shift and written in the logbook, i.e. medication changes, clients conditions, etc.
  15. Once an assignment is accepted, a 48 hour notice is required to cancel your assignment or disciplinary action may follow (except in emergency situations).
  16. Participation in scheduled department and All Staff Meetings. Participate in outside agency training as directed by the ICF RCM. All agency required training is current.
  17. All other duties as assigned, including but not limited to, restocking supplies; assisting with all consumers when needed; supply and/or grocery inventory, etc.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

N/A

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

High School Diploma or GED required. One year experience in providing care to persons with disabilities.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to complete progress notes on a daily basis. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization as needed.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Required: Current Driver’s License, proof of auto liability insurance, TB test results, and CPR training. Must not possess a criminal record that would prohibit the employee from working with people with disabilities. Must pass a pre-employment drug screening.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Must have good health in order to maintain an acceptable attendance record as established by the agency. Must be able to assist with lifting objects or residents (a minimum of 50 pounds for a one person lift and 150 pounds for a two person lift) utilizing approved techniques. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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