Direct Care Specialist

at Upbring

Canyon Lake, TX

Posted on Feb. 13, 2017

Full Time

• Great Pay
• Excellent Benefits

Upbring, the new Lutheran Social Services of the South, is a 135 year-old nonprofit organization with a rich legacy of serving vulnerable people across Texas. Its mission is to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. Upbring serves more than 30,000 people annually and provides innovative programs and services for children including foster care, adoption, education, residential treatment and community services.

The Direct Care Specialist is responsible for supervising residents and maintaining a safe, supportive, and therapeutic environment that meets the individualized care plan and personal development needs of the residents in accordance to Agency standards, state licensing standards, and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements. The Direct Care Specialist I will follow a designated routine as assigned.

• High school diploma or GED equivalent
• Proficient with basic computer skills, such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)

Employee Benefits: Upbring offers a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:
• Health insurance
• Dental insurance
• Vision insurance
• $30,000 Life insurance and AD&D
• Voluntary Life insurance for self, spouse and child
• Long-Term Disability insurance
• Short-Term Disability insurance
• Competitive salary, vacation, sick leave and holiday package
• 403(b) retirement plan
• Flexible Spending Account
• Employee Assistance Program

• Provide direct supervision and observation of all residents while in their living space or common areas; know the whereabouts of all residents at all times during the shift
• Interact, observe, and supervise residents in accordance to their individualized treatment and behavior support plans
• Set appropriate behavioral limits with residents in accordance to Agency policy and individualized treatment and behavior support plans
• Work in a manner that seeks to prevent crisis situations; proactively intervene to manage or de-escalate crisis situations; apply verbal redirection when deemed appropriate
• Complete assigned duties and paperwork, such as behavior sheets, observation notes, communication logs, shift reports, and incident reports before the end of shift
• Maintain awareness of resident behavior and utilize the proper intervention and appropriate consequence in accordance to Agency policy and the residents’ individual treatment and behavior support plans; accurately document the behavior and intervention using the designated forms
• Provide residents with a full range of basic living skills, including, but not limited to bathing, feeding, cleaning, shopping, and laundry
• Clean, organize, and maintain the residents’ living space to provide a safe and therapeutic environment
• Ensure safety, security, and sanitation standards are maintained in all work areas at all times
• Accompany residents and participate in group therapy sessions, as needed
• Teach, supervise, and assist residents in achieving their daily goals
• Converse with residents to reinforce positive behavior and promote social interaction and community inclusion
• Accompany and/or transport residents to appointments, outings, and activities using established safety protocol
• Assist with the new resident orientation
• Report and properly document all incidents in a timely manner (prior to the end of the shift)
• Prepare and attend supervision, unit, team, and facility meetings as required
• Provide back-up services and assistance to other units/programs when needed
• Complete required training hours per licensing standards
• Other duties and special projects as assigned

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