Respite Caregiver (Medford), Developmental Disabilities Program
TITLE: Respite Caregiver
PROGRAM: Developmental Disabilities Program
REPORTS TO: Director of Developmental Disabilities Program or their designee
HOURS: Monday through Friday from 6am to 7:30am or 8:30am to 10am.
LOCATION: Medford, MA
OTHER INFORMATION: The Respite Caregiver is responsible for arriving at the client’s home in the morning and assisting them with getting ready for the day program. A car will be required to transport the client to their day program Monday through Friday. Mileage for transporting to the client’s day program would be reimbursed.
Possess or be able to obtain CPR and First Aid certification within 30 days of hire and maintain current certification. Must have a valid driver’s license and properly insured vehicle. Be able and willing to travel locally as needed. Education in a related field and/or relevant experience supporting people with disabilities is required.
Please email your resume and cover letter to HR@helpfamilies.org and reference job posting 18 on your resume/cover letter.
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 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.
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.
REQUIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
• Education in a related field and/or relevant experience supporting people with disabilities;
• 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.
• 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.