POSITION TITLE: SUPPORT TRAINER
QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum age 18. Access to reliable transportation. Physical ability to lift and move up to 50 pounds. Willingness to seek and accept supervision. Willingness to supervise and train individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, including providing assistance with self care and independent living tasks. Willingness and ability to develop knowledge and skills in the following areas: training methods, behavior management, developmental disabilities and physical handicaps, supervision of resident activities, and basic emergency procedures.
SUPERVISION PROVIDED: This position is directly supervised by and responsible to the assigned Active Treatment Specialist, Assistant QIDP, and QIDP, under the direction of the Residential Program Director. Support Trainers will also take directions from professional consultants or employees, such as the Psychologist / Behavior Analyst, Speech Therapist, Lead LPN, LPN, RN or Physical Therapist regarding programs in their respective disciplines.
- GIVEN / RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER STAFF: Support Trainer may provide direct supervision to other staff if assigned by the ATS or QIDP to perform in the capacity of Charge Person. Charge Person responsibilities include: Shift Change Checklist, making sure all data has been entered into books before staff leave, assigning groups when directed by supervisor, altering Active Treatment Schedule when approved by supervisor, and other duties as assigned. Support Trainers must provide regular direction and supervision to residents. Moreover, persons in this position are expected to work cooperatively with other employees, both on the same and different shifts, in providing the optimum level of care for the residents.
WORK SCHEDULE: Support Trainers may be full or part-time employees. Specific work schedules may vary, and will be based on the needs of the residents. Every reasonable attempt will be made to see that daily work schedules are written and posted at least two weeks prior to scheduled work dates. Part - time and substitute Support Trainers will perform essentially the same tasks as those who are full time. Support Trainers are expected to receive and give a daily report to other shifts of personnel to facilitate communication.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Works primarily indoors and requires moderate to heavy physical exertion including lifting and transferring up to 50 pounds. Support Trainers are required to utilize safety procedures and equipment appropriate to the task, and are expected to seek instruction on the use thereof, if in doubt.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES / DUTIES:
- The first responsibility of every employee is to ensure the safety of residents, other staff, and themselves. Employees are expected to demonstrate good judgement, and must be able to perform their duties safely, without risking their own health and safety, or that of others. They are required to use, and ensure that residents and other staff use, safety procedures and equipment (e.g., seat belts, gait belts, pot holders, latex gloves, masks, goggles, gowns), as appropriate. Employees are responsible to seek guidance on how to complete procedures, or use equipment safely, if in doubt. Employees are also responsible to notify supervisory staff immediately of any condition or circumstance (e.g., injury, illness, intoxication) that might contribute to an unsafe situation for themselves, residents, or other staff.
- The second responsibility of every employee is to advocate for the rights of the residents. Assist and/or ensure that residents’ views and needs are represented in the everyday operation of the facility. Ensure that the dignity and privacy of residents are maintained through appropriate interventions and interactions. Immediately report any suspected abuse, neglect, exploitation, or mistreatment of residents, following approved reporting procedures. If in doubt, report.
Once the safety, rights and dignity of residents and staff are ensured, Support Trainers also have the following responsibilities and duties:
- Provide individual and group instruction and training to residents. Plan and supervise activities of residents. Provide input into the interdisciplinary planning process. Follow written Active Treatment Schedules.
- Provide appropriate medical treatments, as assigned, and under the supervision of nursing staff. Supervise and document the self-administration of medication, as instructed.
- Implement and document behavior management, skill training, physical therapy, communication and other specialized programs as written. Seek guidance on how to complete these programs correctly and safely, if in doubt. Provide feedback to program authors regarding the effectiveness of programs.
- Assist residents with personal hygiene, self-care, and independent living skills, providing only the level of assistance needed by the resident. Assist and/or assure that residents are dressed and groomed appropriately. Assist residents in preparing, serving, and cleaning up after meals and snacks, using “family style” dining methods...
- Assist residents in maintaining a clean, safe living environment, by completing laundry, housekeeping and maintenance tasks as assigned. Report items needing maintenance attention promptly, and according to established procedures. Ensure the safety and protection of equipment and materials through proper use and supervision of residents.
- Encourage, assist and document use of adaptive and safety devices such as splints, gait belts, walkers, wheel chairs, transfer boards, bed rails, plate guards, and communication books, boards or devices. Seek guidance on how to use equipment correctly and safely, if in doubt.
- Document activities of residents as required. This includes, but is not limited to, timely and accurate recording of training and behavior data, meal counts, Shift Change Logs, Significant Incident Reports, etc.
- Ensure that residents have a clean, safe environment conducive to their training goals. This includes protection from harm. Uses good judgement in conducting activities and outings, including proper use of vehicles and related safety equipment during van use.
- Provide an appropriate role model to residents. Provide ample social interaction and frequent positive reinforcement.
- Attend and actively participate in staff meetings and in-service training as required.
- Work cooperatively with other staff, professionals, residents, families, and others. Confer and communicate with other staff and professionals regarding residents. Support Trainers are expected to receive and give a daily report to other shifts of personnel to facilitate communication.
- Follow written policies and procedures. Follow the reasonable and lawful instruction of supervisory and professional staff. If in doubt as to how to do any of the above properly and safely, seek out training and supervision.
- Other duties as assigned.