|Title:||Independent Living Aide ( BHT ) - Full-Time Days|
|FSL Location:||Alice (87thAve/Olive)|
PLEASE Review Days and Times for Shifts: FRIDAY-MONDAY 6:30AM-3:30PM
For over forty years, FSL has provided excellent care to Arizonans of all ages and since 1984, our state-licensed, Medicare-certified home health agency has provided quality, compassionate care at home. With these services, we hope to provide our clients with the care they need while preserving their dignity and quality of life. In fact, we aim to improve our clients’ quality of life at every possible opportunity. Assisted Group Living at FSL emphasizes on care 24/7 for our Behavioral Health/SMI clients living in out 17 different homes around the valley. As a BHT, you are hold to the highest standards in following company policies and state regulations. BHT's also receive Certified Caregiver Training as long as opportunities for career development.
Before working, all employees are required to attend paid class training.
- If not a CNA, our required training is held Monday through Friday, from 8 am-5 pm, for a four-week period.
- Current CNAs will be required to take 22 hours of personal care training.
This position works under the direct supervision of the Team Supervisor. An Independent Living Aide serves persons with mental illness or developmental disabilities as part of an in-home independent living support team, providing protective oversight, behavior management, personal support, assistance with activities of daily living, assistance with self administration of medication, and social and recreational activity consistent with a program Participant's Individual Service Plan.
An ILA provides care to participants in a single family residence, during an assigned shift. Participants are never left alone in the residence and all staff in the home must be awake during work hours, including an overnight shift. Assisted Group Living Homes are staffed seven days a week, 24 hours a day including holidays.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Promote the independence of all program participants in all activities.
- Promote the dignity of participants by working with them in a positive, respectful, age appropriate and courteous manner.
- Follow guidelines and directions for work with participants contained in the Participant's Individual Service Plan.
- Provide therapeutic interactions with participant in a way consistent with guidelines and directions contained in the Participant's Individual Service Plan.
- Respect the privacy of the participants' personal space and property.
- Maintain confidentiality of participant information.
- Assist participants with the self-administration of medication according to FSL-AGL Policy and Procedures.
- Assist with all activities of daily living, toileting and personal grooming as required.
- Prepare and assist with the preparation of meals and kitchen clean up.
- Conduct housekeeping activities as scheduled or directed.
- Shop for food and supplies for the household as required by the Team Supervisor.
- Drive a company vehicle to transport participants to medical appointments and other activities.
- Escort or accompany participants to medical appointments and other activities outside the home.
- Maintain written documentation concerning participants and home operation as required.
- Attend staff meetings for the home and training as required.
- Assist in problem solving with Team Supervisors, ILAs and other staff members when participant care needs, schedules or staff require it.
- May attend participants’ staffings and provide input as a member of the service planning team.
- Cooperate in meeting the requirement for an hour per week of clinical supervision(full time staff, part time may have the number of hours of clinical supervision reduced with the approval of the Clinical Program manager and Director of Nursing.)
- Attend mandatory and elective training of 63 hours during the first year of employment and 24 hours each year after the first.
- Participate in the Performance and Quality Improvement initiative at the agency and program level by learning about the initiative, offering input, suggesting performance improvements, and performing other PQI duties as requested.
- Other duties as needed.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Must be 21 years of age or older.
- Ability to read, write and communicate effectively in English.
- Ability to follow recipes and prepare meals according to a plan.
- Ability to work as a member of a team.
- Valid Arizona Driver's license and insurance.
- If driving FSL vehicle, must maintain valid driver’s license and be insurable by FSL.
- Must have, or be able to obtain, a Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card through the Department of Public Safety background check/fingerprint clearance process.
- Must have sufficient physical strength and mobility to assist a participant to transfer from a wheelchair to another chair or commode without assistance and assist with a two person transfer.
- Personal qualities including flexibility, tolerance of varied lifestyles and behavior, sound judgment.
- Must not have any restrictions for physical work for which reasonable accommodation cannot be made.
WORK EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:
- High School Diploma or GED.
- At least one year of experience or training as a caregiver for people with mental illness, behavior problems, or developmental disabilities.
- Nursing Assistant Certification (CNA) by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and experience or classroom training in the care of elders, persons with mental illness or developmental disabilities is desired.
Benefits: Great benefits including: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, EAP, 403(b), FSA, PTO, and 10 Paid Holidays
***Military Personnel Encouraged to Apply.***
Proud to be a Mature Worker Friendly Certified Employer through the Governor's Advisory Council on Aging
FSL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/D/V. DFWP. FSL believes that diversity leads to strength.