Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) AmeriCorps members commit to direct Service, intentional Community, and Spirituality/reflection in Appalachian Kentucky. In-Home Respite Caseworkers provide respite services in the family’s home/community to children/adults/elderly who are developmentally, physically, and/or mentally challenged. Will be responsible for providing daily care to participants according to specific training and participants’ individualized care needs, including bathing, feeding, nurturing, and implementing activities that encourage recreation, socialization, and independence.
• Provides respite services in the family’s home/community to children/adults/elderly who are developmentally, physically, and/or mentally challenged including Alzheimer’s, stroke victims, etc.
• Provides daily care to participants according to specific training and participants’ individualized care needs, including bathing, feeding, nurturing and implementing activities that encourage recreation, socialization, and independence.
• Accepts and schedules referrals; conducts initial home visits with program manager, ensures applications are completed with pertinent information and participants meet acceptance criteria.
• Submits complete and accurate reports on-time and maintains accurate information of respite services provided.
• Serves in other CAP and AmeriCorps programs when doing so does not interfere with the above duties.
• Participates in additional training and enrichment opportunities as assigned.
Community Need Addressed
Lack of support systems for caretakers on persons with disabilities.
Corps members will provide needed support and increase socialization and access to healthcare for caretakers of persons with disabilities.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
All food and housing is provided for members who choose to live in community. The stipend ("living allowance") is $115 bi-weekly for members who live in community and $235 bi-weekly for members who live independently.
GED/High School Diploma
CPR, First Aid
Skills you will gain
CPR, First Aid, disability services, communication, conflict resolution
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner
Creativity & Problem Solving
Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise
Stay positive and outcome oriented
Accepts responsibility, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment