Position Summary and Scope of Service:
Reporting to the Foster Care Facilitator (FCF), Community Services, the Direct Support Professional is responsible for the delivery of care and support to children and youth with intellectual disabilities. The Direct Support Professional provides services in accordance with the Mission and Values of the organization and provincial legislation and regulations.
The Support Worker ensures that services are provided in ways that:
- Optimizes dignity, self-determination and attainment of personal outcomes;
- Maximizes normal environmental and lifestyle features;
- Are respectful of the foster home as a private residence; and
- Includes relevant education and training
- Grade XII Diploma (or G.E.D.)
- Certification in CPR and Emergency First Aid
- Successful completion of St.Amant training requirements during trial/probationary period (e.g. Specialized Behaviour Management Training, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Medical Orientation, etc.)
- Minimum of one year experience providing services to individuals with disabilities
- Knowledge of current trends and services for individuals with disabilities
- Ability to follow individualized program plans
- Positive, energetic, self-directed
- Ability to demonstrate a strong person-centered focus
- Physical ability and emotional stability to support physical needs and respond appropriately to challenging behavior of people supported
- Ability to function effectively as a team member and work collaboratively with foster providers, clinicians, professional staff, collateral agencies and families
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
- Possesses ability to identify and respond effectively to high risk situations
- Access to a telephone
- Valid Manitoba Driver’s License in good standing (this provision is not essential if assigned to a designated location where a license is not required)
Duties and Responsibilities:
Client Care Management:
Consistent with the Mission and Values of the organization, the Direct Support Professional, is responsible for the provision of services within assigned foster homes ensuring adherence to policies of the organization and to the requirements of external accrediting or regulatory bodies. Priority is given to providing services that facilitate the attainment of personal outcomes.
- Provides aspects of personal care, as needed (e.g. assistance with eating, bathing, personal hygiene, etc.)
- Participates in ongoing service planning, monitoring a person’s responses to supports and attainment of defined goals
- Provides assistance, instruction and guidance to enable people to develop independent life-skills within the least restrictive environment possible
- Carries out behavioural, crisis, life-skill, recreational/leisure, work experience, experientials, educational, etc. programs as assigned
- Records and reports relevant information related to all life areas according to policy and individualized needs
- Promotes and facilitates community involvement and ongoing involvement with the family in accordance with an individualized plan
- Employs principles of Non-Violent Crisis Intervention in identifying and intervening in situations of challenging behaviour
- Debriefs with team members and person supported involved in crisis situations, prepares required reports and forwards to the appropriate parties within prescribed time frames
- Notifies the Foster Provider and Foster Care Facilitator immediately of issues which may present safety concerns for people supported and staff
- Explores recreational resources in the community and assists people in planning and engaging in leisure activities, promoting participation in structured activities appropriate to the individual’s ability level and identifying and supporting a variety of activities that address physical, emotional intellectual, cultural and spiritual needs
- Performs various administrative duties within the foster home to ensure the smooth flow of services and information in a timely and effective manner
- Guides and models individuals in areas of socially acceptable behaviour that will ensure individuals are perceived positively by their community
- Provides care and service in a manner which is holistic, person-centred and community-focused
- Facilitates, mediates and maximizes family and natural relationship involvement
- Recognizes and supports the culture and diversity of each person supported
- Monitors and assesses health and provides or accesses appropriate health care for illness, injury, or trauma of people supported
- Monitors physical, mental and emotional status of people supported and ensures any concerns are promptly addressed
- Ensures documentation is completed and filed prior to leaving shift
- Administers medications in accordance with Physician’s instructions and Residential Care Licensing (RCL) standards
- Notifies FCF of any potential concern regarding compliance with Residential Care Licensing standards
St.Amant is a bilingual organization. Proficiency in both official languages (French/English) would be considered an asset.
The above information is intended to describe the general nature of this position and is not considered to be a complete statement of duties and responsibilities. Additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned provided they are consistent with the qualifications identified and fall within the parameters of this role.
As a condition of employment, successful candidates will be required to provide a satisfactory Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening, Adult Abuse Registry Check, Child Abuse Registry Check and Prior Contact Check.
As a Condition of Employment, new hires must complete a series of Occupational Health checks. This includes the requirement to confirm immunization or immunity of specific communicable diseases. Successful applicants will also be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to start date.
St.Amant supports equitable employment practices and promotes an inclusive workforce representative of the people we support including diverse abilities, backgrounds, cultures, and identities. Applicants can request reasonable accommodations in all aspects of the selection and hiring process.