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Respite Caregiver, Developmental Disabilities Program

TITLE: Respite Caregiver
PROGRAM: Developmental Disabilities Program
REPORTS TO: Director of Developmental Disabilities Program or their designee
HOURS: Variable and flexible, including “on-call” hours, depending on agency, programmatic, and client need
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PURPOSE & SCOPE: The Respite Caregiver is a member of the CFCS Developmental Disabilities (DD) Program team, and provides respite services, in various settings, for children and adults with a development disability. The Respite Caregiver is responsible for the personal care, supervision, and comfort of the individual in his/her care.
The overall purpose of the DD program at CFCS is to:
• Promote ability of families referred by the Department of Development Services to support their members in strengthening life skills, peer connections, parent connections and self-care, and positive family life;
• Promote disabled individuals in achieving life skills, education and employment goals;
• Develop and utilize resources to support families caring for disabled members;
• Provide a range of services, including case management, assessment, service planning, referrals, crisis intervention and guidance in using available resources to assist clients and families in meeting service goals.
The Respite Caregiver is directly responsible to the Director of the DD Program or their designee and works in close partnership with the DD Program Case Manager. The Respite Caregiver works directly with children, youth and families in their homes and community.
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DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Respite Caregiver shall:
• Provide emotional and social support to clients;
• Collect from the parent medical information and other pertinent information that will enable the respite caregiver to meet the individual needs of the client;
• Assist in appropriate leisure and recreational activities for the child or adult; supervise the client to the degree required;
• Provide consistent care according to suggestions and recommendations given by the client’s parents or caregivers with reference to his/her health and emotional well-being;
• Provide medical care to the client when required, including: adherence to special dietary requirements, awareness and ability to deal with medical conditions, and proper medical attention in case of emergency or illness;
• Report any accidents, medical emergencies or unusual incidents to the Director of the DD Program;
• When necessary, contact the DD Program Case Manager to assess the need for additional services for the family;
• Notify the Director of the DD Program of any concerns relevant to the provision of respite care;
• Respect and appreciate the cultural background, heritage, and identity of persons receiving services;
• Adhere to drop-off and pick-up times agreed upon with the client’s parents or caregivers and notifies them in advance of any changes;
• Maintain confidentiality of all clients, their families and CFCS;
• Supply all requested documentation on an ongoing basis to Director of the DD program relevant to respite provision;
• Maintain and promote the cooperative, harmonious, teamwork environment CFCS strives to foster in the workplace; maintain and promote an atmosphere of dignity and respect in line with the philosophy and policies of CFCS;
• Other duties as assigned.
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REQUIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
• Education in a related field and/or relevant experience supporting people with disabilities;
• A philosophy of service that is consistent with the philosophy and values of CFCS;
• Desire to support the individual and his/her family;
• Excellent communication skills in relating to the individual and the family and in submitting required information to Director of the DD Program;
• Possess or be able to obtain CPR and First Aid certification within 30 days of hire and maintain current certification.
• Bi-lingual preferred, but not required. We are seeking candidates that speak and write English and at least one of the following languages: Spanish, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Cantonese, or Mandarin.
Other requirements:
• Valid driver’s license and properly insured vehicle; able and willing to travel locally as needed;
• Clearance of background checks as required by state and federal law.