Personal Care Attendant

SUMMARY:

Provides attendant care for persons with disabilities in that consumer’s home or community by performing the following duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • All duties must be carried out in accordance with the organizational policies and applicable laws.
  • All activities must reflect the Independent Living Philosophy.
  • The attendant will abide by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • The attendant will comply with the policies and procedures established by Don Services in the Employee Handbook.
  • The attendant will perform services in the consumer control manner whenever they are related in the consumer’s service plan. This means that the attendant will ask the consumers for direction in all activities and perform those activities in the manner requested by that consumer.
  • The attendant will provide personal care and homemaking tasks in the consumer’s home or community as assigned by DON Services staff and the consumer. Tasks may include bathing, escorting, reading and others as assigned.
  • The attendant will accompany consumer outside the home when directed by the consumer and by DON Services when included in the service plan.
  • Assists consumer in work or leisure activities.
  • Performs variety of miscellaneous duties as requested such as obtaining household supplies and running errands.
  • The attendant will report in writing any problems encountered on the job or any suggestions to the consumer’s service plan.
  • Must maintain accurate records of time work via EVV (electronic visit verification).
  • The attendant is responsible for transportation to and from the job site which may vary according to consumer’s home and may be up to 50 miles from the attendant’s home.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

There are no supervisory responsibilities under this position.

AUTHORITY:

The employee may proceed on duties and responsibilities within the following limitations:

Attendants must obtain approval on all activities within the service plan from the consumer and all activities outside of the service plan from DON Services.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

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 under the Americans with Disabilities Act may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Be 18 years of age or older;
  2. Have the required skills to perform attendant care services as specified in consumer’s service plan;
  3. Possess basic math, reading, and writing skills;
  4. Possess a valid Social Security number;
  5. Be willing to submit to a criminal records check;
  6. When required by the consumer, the attendant must be able to demonstrate the capability to perform health maintenance activities specified in the consumer’s service plan or be willing to receive training to be able to provide the health maintenance activities specified in the consumer’s service plan.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

Less than high school education; or up to one month related experience or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
References stating that person can competently perform this work will be required.
The consumers themselves may have specific requirements for qualifications and these requests will be honored.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

Ability to read a limited number of two and three syllable words and to recognize similarities and differences between words and between series of numbers.
Ability to print and speak simple sentences.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:

Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s.
Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.

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, REGISTRATION:

Attendants must be able to demonstrate a problem-free record under PA ACT 33 and 34.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Strong people oriented skills must be demonstrated.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • 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. The ability to perform office work; must have a means of independent transportation throughout the service region and the ability to participate in meetings outside of the usual services region, including some overnight travel.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and talk to hear.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 6o pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics are generally related to normal office work, visits to other offices or business, and visits to the residential settings of consumers. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

SPECIAL NOTE:

The attendant must be acceptable to the assigned consumer as the provider of attendant care or no work assignment will be given.

APPLY HERE:

    County *

    First Name*

    Last Name *

    Email Address *

    Address 1 *

    Address 2

    City, State, Zip Code *

    Phone Number *

    Were you 18 years of age or older on your last birthday?: *
    YesNo

    Do you have a valid driver's license?: *
    YesNo

    Do you have a car for work use?: *
    YesNo

    If you answered no to either of the last two questions, will you be able to arrange for independent travel?:
    YesNo

    Are you willing to undergo a criminal records and child abuse check as part of this application process?: *
    YesNo

    Do you have experience in or are willing to do the following?:

    Feeding: *
    YesNo

    Bathing: *
    YesNo

    Dressing/Undressing: *
    YesNo

    Laundry: *
    YesNo

    Shaving/Makeup: *
    YesNo

    Shampooing: *
    YesNo

    Toilet Care: *
    YesNo

    Bowel and Bladder Care: *
    YesNo

    Transferring: *
    YesNo

    Meal Preparation: *
    YesNo

    Light Housekeeping: *
    YesNo

    Do you have experience working with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism? *
    YesNo

    Availability (# of hours per week) *

    Number of miles willing to travel per shift *

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