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Evergreen Life Services: Direct Support Associate/Pt Ponchatoula

Evergreen Life Services

This is a Contract position in Ponchatoula, LA posted February 2, 2021.

Job DescriptionDoes the idea of a desk job bore you? Do you want a job that inspires you? A job that gives back to your community?If you answered yes to any of the above, you could be a great fit for a Direct Support Associate at Evergreen Life Services (Evergreen). As a Direct Support Associate, you will help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain life skills, build confidence and live as independently as possible. You will make a difference every time you come to work.Evergreen Life Services, Southeast Louisiana Division is currently in search for part-time Direct Support Associates for the Ponchatoula area. Job SummaryResponsible for maintaining a healthy, safe, and therapeutic environment for individuals served and following through on their individual plans of care.Essential Job FunctionsEnsure the health and welfare of the individuals servedAssist individuals served with medication and treatment plans as neededAssist individuals served in the care and cleaning of their home, including reporting of maintenance needsAssist individuals served with money management including budgeting, banking, and shoppingAssist individuals served with daily life activities such as: meal preparation, reading usage, use of telephone, use of community services (post office, mass transportation), housekeeping, clothing care, self-care, and personal hygieneMake food and non-food purchases for the home when requestedPrepare mealsEnsure the maintenance of the home and grounds are done as requestedComplete all required documentation in accordance with applicable state agency(ies) and Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, Inc. policies and proceduresImplement behavioral and other programs as trained and requestedAssist individuals served with their goals as outlined in their plan of care document(s)Identify potential behavior triggers and defuse or redirect as needed to ensure safety and well-being of all involvedProvide individuals served transportation in company or personal vehicle as requestedQualifications/Experience/Job KnowledgeAt least 18 years of age (non-driver) or 21 years of age (driver)Effectively read, write and communicate verbally in English and must be able to read and understand instructions, perform record-keeping and write reportsMeet and maintain all requirements of the applicable state agency(ies), including good standing with state abuse and neglect registryAbility to learn basic computer skills (i.E. turn on/off, log in/out, input data, approve timesheet)Prior experience as a direct support worker preferredPhysical RequirementsConstantly moves about to coordinate workRegularly moves and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds while assisting individuals served in home, workshop, or job site.Regularly assist individuals served physically by lifting and positioning them as appropriateConstantly alert and aware to consumer’s needsOccasionally exposed to viruses and infectious conditionsReasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities or a medical condition to perform the essential functions.Special RequirementsRepresent Evergreen in public in a fashion that would reflect credibility and professionalism on the organization.Desire to work with people with disabilities and enhance their quality of lifeFunction successfully in stressful situationsDemonstrate high moral standards so as to be a positive role model for individuals servedComplete all orientation and on the job training prior to starting workWork assigned shifts as required by managementAttend all training classes as requiredEmployment VariablesMust have a good driving record which meets the minimum requirements for Evergreen and reliable transportation. Must be able to pass drug screen and criminal background check. May be asked to work some evenings when required.Working EnvironmentMay be required to work in a variety of settings and environments both indoors and outdoors.

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