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Employee Spotlight -Steven Daniel, Direct Support Professional

Employee Spotlight -Steven Daniel, Direct Support Professional

2016 Employee of the Year – Steven Daniel, North Bay Program

Steven Daniel has been a Direct Service Professional in North Bay Adaptive Skills Training Program for approximately two years.  He came to Omelagah Inc. willing and eager to learn about developmental disabilities and behavior management. When Steven was introduced to his first client he was unaware of the challenges that he would face.  Steven learned how to use senses, other than hearing, to listen to his hearing impaired client.  He learned how to read body language and to be able to communicate using gestures, writing and minimal sign language.  Mostly, Steven spent an extraordinary amount of time just learning as much as he could about his client.  This provided him with wonderful insights to his behaviors and his past, making Steven an even more effective DSP.   He was also introduced to his client’s room mate, who had a rich history of behavior disruption.  Instead of drawing the line and saying to his room mates staff person “this is your client so you deal with him and I’ll deal with my client,” Steven grabbed the bull by the horns and made it his business to have a deep knowledge and understanding of his client’s room mate as well.   This meant that he could lend greater support to his co-worker, provide better service to his own client, meet the needs of both men when necessary and contribute to a greater sense of harmony in the home.  Steven has proven to be conscientious, trustworthy, skilled and uniquely professional.  – Paula Sifflet, Program Director, North Bay

Direct Care Staff, SLS – All Locations

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Job Description- Personal Attendant 

 

Job Title:                    Direct Care Staff

Department:              Supported Living Services (SLS)

Reports to:                  Program Supervisor

Work Location(s):       San Mateo, CA, Hayward, CA, and Vallejo, CA

Shift:                            Weekday and weekend positions available

Compensation:           $12.00 – $13.00 per hour

Employment Status:  Part- Time/ Full-Time Positions available  
Position Summary

Under direction from the Program Supervisor, the Direct Care Staff supports adults with developmental disabilities to accomplish daily living activities at the person’s home and/or in the local community. The Personal Attendant helps the individual served to be a known and valued member of his/her local community.

This position provides supervision, instruction, housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, shopping, emergency intervention, and personal care for individuals with developmental disabilities. Hours vary within a 24-hour, 7-day a week schedule, with part-time (less than 32 hours per week) and full-time (32 + hours per week) shifts.

We are looking for people who enjoy working with people with disabilities, are interested in teaching and encouraging healthy eating and a positive lifestyle. Candidate’s availability and flexibility to work when needed is a plus. We are also looking for someone interested in working with people with challenging maladaptive behaviors.

 

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide community supervision to the ensure health and safety of individual served;
  • Assist individual served with planning meals, purchasing and preparing foods;
  • Assist individual served with personal care including dressing, undressing, hygiene, toilet actives and other activities of daily living (ADL’s)
  • Assist individual served with housekeeping duties and marinating their homes;
  • Assist individual served in developing adaptive skills and independent living skills;
  • Prepare and maintain records of assistance rendered;
  • Maintain client confidentiality.  Follow reporting procedures regarding denial of rights and special incident reports;
  • Communicate with other team members regarding any changes in regulations, policies and procedures and general information pertaining to the program;
  • Assist individual served with coordination of medical and mental health services;
  • Monitor client progress towards goal outlined in Individual Service Plan (ISP) and submit weekly data on goal tracking;
  • Support community inclusion and choice;
  • Create and use natural supports and support individuals in a person-centered manner;
  • Teach community awareness to individuals served while they access their community via public transportation and travel training;
  • Attend required training and staff meetings;
  • Adhere to and all Omelagah, Inc. policies, procedures and program rules;
  • Other duties as assigned;

 

Minimum Job Qualification

  • Must pass fingerprint background check (Child Abuse Index, Criminal Record Clearance);
  • High School Diploma (or equivalent) required, previous work-related skill, knowledge or experience preferred;
  • Must be 18 years of age;
  • Possess a valid California state driver’s license;
  • Recent, clean TB test and health screening (within one year);
  • First Aid/CPR certification required (within 2 weeks);

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work independently and display good independent judgment;
  • Strong time management skills, patient and detailed oriented;
  • Ability to utilize critical thinking skills in decision-making situations;
  • Ability to communicate verbally to convey information to consumer, Program Supervisor, community members effectively and other stakeholders;
  • Computer literacy and strong written literacy skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with clients, parents, social workers, fellow workers, and others in a positive and constructive manner;
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including nights and weekends to meet client needs;

Benefits Available to Employees:

  • Paid time off
  • Paid company holidays
  • Health insurance for medical and vision coverage and dental coverage
  • Recognition and incentive programs

 

About the Company:

Omelagah, Inc. is a family-owned community-based organization that provides support services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to support individuals with developmental disabilities with a history of forensic involvement or individuals who may be at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system, live productive law abiding lives in the least restrictive community setting. We are passionate in our belief that people with developmental disabilities deserve the right to live and thrive in the least restrictive community setting. We strive to improve the lives of the people we support and the communities they live in, through the implementation of structured community-based programs. We achieve our mission through the following services: Supported Living Services (SLS), Residential Services and Adaptive Skills Training. For more information, please visit us at www.omelagah.com

Apply online: Omelagah Inc. Online Application

Direct Support Professional – All Locations

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Direct Support Professional – Job Description

 

Job Title: Direct Support Professional (DSP)

Work Location(s): Redwood City, CA / Hayward, CA/ Sausalito, CA

Shift(s): Weekday and/or Weekend shifts available

Compensation: $13.00 an hour

Employment Status: Part-Time or Full-Time/Non-Exempt


Position Summary

Under direction from the House Manager, the Direct Support Professional (DSP) will provide direct care and support to individuals with developmental disabilities. DSP’s provide hands-on training, assistance and support services to individuals with developmental disabilities in a manner that ensures their health, safety and successful achievement of service objectives outlined in their Individual Service Plan (ISP).  

This role requires a high level of cleanliness and strong domestic skills (such as being able to cook healthy meals, and helping purchase healthy food). Other key responsibilities include all of the following: help with medical appointments, help implementing an exercise program, hygiene assistance, recreation, and medication monitoring.

We are looking for people who enjoy working with people with developmental disabilities and who are interested in teaching and role modeling a positive lifestyle. Candidate’s availability and flexibility to work when needed is a plus. We are also looking for candidates interested in working with people with challenging behavioral issues and people with development disabilities who have had involvement with the criminal justice system.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide direct care and supervision to clients during daily activities. Examples of activities include: shopping, budgeting, safety awareness, community access, positive relationship building, physical fitness, positive recreation, conflict resolution, anger management, coping skills, resisting peer pressure and maintaining a clean and healthy home environment;
  • Address basic care needs of clients including but not limited to the following:  medical, nutritional, hygienic, activities of daily living (ADL’s), social, recreational, personal management, transportation, meal preparations, etc. personal hygiene needs may require exposure to bodily fluids (feces, urine, blood etc.);
  • Basic household needs including but not limited to the following: custodial, maintenance, schedules and routines, record keeping, documentation, etc;
  • Perform adaptive skills training with clients which include but are not limited to the following:  cooking, laundry, telephone, community awareness and access, relationships, budgeting, etc;
  • Participate in the assessment process and collection of data;
  • Participate in the design and implementation of each client’s programs, collection and analysis of ongoing data, and other assigned documentation pertaining to each clients program;
  • Provide supervision and redirection to prevent the manifestation of maladaptive behaviors that may lead to recidivism;
  • Responsibility for the health and safety of assigned client;
  • Follow reporting procedures regarding denial of rights and special incident reports;
  • Communicate with other staff regarding any changes in regulations, policies and procedures and general information pertaining to the program;
  • Promote community engagement and client rights;
  • Recognize unusual or threatening conditions related to persons with disabilities and resolve issues if necessary;
  • Attend required company trainings and staff meetings;
  • Adhere to and all Omelagah, Inc. company policies, procedures and program rules;
  • Other duties as assigned;

 

Minimum Job Qualification

  • Must pass fingerprint background check (Child Abuse Index, Criminal Record Clearance);
  • Must be 18 years of age;
  • Possess a valid California state driver’s license;
  • Recent, clean TB test and health screening (within one year);
  • First Aid/CPR certification required (within 2 weeks);
  • Clean DMV printout and proof of auto insurance;
  • Ability to work independently and display good independent judgment;
  • Strong time management skills, patient and detailed oriented;
  • Ability to utilize critical thinking skills in decision-making situations;
  • Excellent oral communication skills;
  • Fluent report writing skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with clients, parents, social workers, fellow workers, and others in a positive and constructive manner;
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including nights and weekends to meet client needs;

Benefits Available to Employees:

 

  • Paid time off
  • Paid company holidays
  • Health insurance for medical and vision coverage and dental coverage
  • Recognition and incentive programs

About the Company:

Omelagah, Inc. is a family-owned community-based organization that provides support services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to support individuals with developmental disabilities with a history of forensic involvement or individuals who may be at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system, live productive law abiding lives in the least restrictive community setting. We are passionate in our belief that people with developmental disabilities deserve the right to live and thrive in the least restrictive community setting. We strive to improve the lives of the people we support and the communities they live in, through the implementation of structured community-based programs. We achieve our mission through the following services: Supported Living Services (SLS), Residential Services and Adaptive Skills Training. For more information, please visit us at www.omelagah.com

How to Apply:

Apply online: Omelagah Inc. Online Application

Download the Job Description: Direct Support Professional (DSP) – Job Description

Client Success Stories – Kishin

Client Success Stories – Kishin

Kishin resided with his parents and sister in their family home in San Mateo County for much of his life. In August of 2009, he experienced some legal challenges for which lead him to seek  a mental health treatment facility of which provided intensive treatment and counseling. However, due to Mr. Kishin’s lack of participation in activities and therapy groups required in order to receive treatment, it was recommended that he find support elsewhere.  (more…)

Client Success Stories – Michael

Client Success Stories – Michael


Michael moved into Waldo House after having lived in secure facilities for years.  He has many strengths, he is very funny, respectful and kind.  He also had a number of behavioral challenges.  These challenges has historically prevented Michael from living in the community.  When he moved into Waldo House, it was difficult to believe that he could be successful in a community placement.  There were not many placement options.
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