Employment Opportunity

Residential Care Worker
Job Description


 Required abilities, skills and knowledge: 

All Residential Workers support the MRCS Mission Statement. They must be at least 18 years old, possess sound judgment, objectivity, maturity, effective communication skills, emotional stability, and positive role modeling skills to successfully provide care to multiple unrelated adults with developmental disabilities, mental illness and/or traumatic brain injuries. 

All staff must possess or obtain a Wisconsin Driver’s License and have an acceptable driving record, as defined by Marathon Residential and Counseling Services, Inc. insurance carrier.   

Residential Workers are responsible for knowing the DHS 88 Regulations for Licensed Adult Family Homes.

Residential Workers are responsible for acquiring training that satisfies Adult Family Home State requirements and contracting agency requirements. 

The employee is responsible for obtaining documentation from a physician, a registered nurse or a physician’s assistant indicating that they have been screened for illness detrimental to residents, including tuberculosis; and that they are able to safely perform the essential functions of the job and will not pose a direct threat to themselves or others. Employee must be able to ascend and descend 22 stairs, lift 25 #’s up to waist and squat/kneel a minimum of 3 times. The documentation is to be completed within 90 days prior to providing services and may be required at any time during employment to determine an employee’s fitness for duty. 

Position Responsibilities:

Requires employee scheduling flexibility and fulfilling scheduled shift responsibilities. Adult programs operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. MRCS employees will be scheduled as needed. 

Requires working professionally with all MRCS employees and supervisors, clients and their families and professionals from other agencies. 

Learning Adult Program procedures, policies and guidelines whether in written or verbal form. 

To accurately and informatively log daily activity involving client and house issues. Transfer pertinent client information into individual client case notes. Generate incident reports as appropriate. Each staff member is responsible for quality communication whether in written or verbal form. 

To attain skills appropriate for developing Individualized Service Plans. 

Work together with case management team, guardian, client, client’s family, MRCS employees and the legal system to develop a client specific care plan that will be most beneficial to client’s progress toward independent living. 

Requires
 the ability to be consistent in implementation of the Individualized Service Plan along with household rules and regulations.   

Requires
the ability to demonstrate knowledge of resident rights. 

Requires
 being responsible for a caseload in conjunction with the supervisor. Client goals and progress reports are due monthly. 

Requires
the ability to make sound decisions and judgments according to the physical and emotional needs of the client in accordance with Adult Program policy, Individualized Service Plan and laws. 

Requires
 staff to keep confidential all information pertaining to clients and their families.  To report any suspected client abuse immediately to acting supervisor. 

Requires
 staff to assure client has received physical examination to identify health problems and is screened for communicable diseases including tuberculosis, within 90 days prior to admission to the home or within 7 days after admission. Following initial exam, ensure client will receive annual physical and TB test. In addition staff is required to seek immediate medical attention for clients should an illness or medical emergency arise between annual physical exams. 

Requires
 staff to assure client receives routine dental care beginning as soon as possible. 

Requires
 the ability to be objective when facilitating group discussion, participating in individual discussion/counseling, or defusing an emotionally charged situation. 

Requires
 the ability to demonstrate positive and effective problem solving within the guidelines, routine and policy of the Adult Program. 

Requires
 keeping the supervisor informed of developments, concerns or incidents that affect each client, his/her case, the home or the company. 

Requires
 staff meeting attendance or being responsible for keeping informed via staff meeting notes. All staff is expected to participate in the further development of the Adult Program. 

Requires
 staff to participate in household duties, such as cleaning, meal planning, cooking, yard work and light maintenance. 

Requires
 staff to encourage and teach clients appropriate adult living and social skills through modeling and conversation. 

Requires
 staff to be creative and goal oriented in initiating client activity. Recognize and develop a plan to introduce clients to many new opportunities and learning experiences. 

Requires
 the ability to knowledgably supervise the distribution of client medication, know possible side effects of prescribed medication and monitor client for possible side effects. 

Requires
 staff to be awake at all times. 

Requires
 that staff using own vehicle to transport clients, provide Marathon Residential and Counseling Services, Inc. documentation of insurance liability coverage and documentation that the vehicle is in safe operating condition.