The role of an Assistant is to share life with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and to form a team with other Assistants. Training will be provided to learn skills as a para-professional in areas of medication administration, basice nursing, teaching independent living, communication, conflict resolution, self-reflection. Building authentic caring relationships through one-to-one support as well as in group meal times and celebrations in a home setting.
Responsibilities to and with adults with an intellectual/developmental disability:
Establish relationships of equality with house members who have a disability
Respects the rights and dignity of persons at all times
Assists with activities of daily living and personal care
Assists with stewardship of finances and possessions
Assists in preparation of meals and house cleaning
Assists with administration of medications (after certification)
Assists with the planning, implementation, and documentation of Individual Service Plans
Attends and participates in activities of house members’ choosing such as swimming, bowling, community gatherings, church services, etc.
Announces L’Arche in the broader community and general public with other Assistants and Members with a disability
Attend team meetings and formations in L'Arche pedagogy of community living
Participates in and leads prayer and celebrations
Contributes actively to upkeep and maintenance of the house, including cleaning, raking, mowing, shoveling as needed
Knows and adheres to L’Arche and state policies and regulations
Keeps up to date on required trainings
Plans and assists with community gatherings and events
Reads and responds to email or other organizational communication each day worked
Community Need Addressed
L'Arche strives to fill the need in society for a sign of hope and unity among people of different backgrounds. Homes and supports for disabled whose family can no longer provide care for them. Seeing what persons with a disability as contributing members of their community rather than seeing them as recipients of service.
Increase in providing inclusive community homes for persons with an intellectual disability whose family can no longer care for them. Greater societal awareness of the contributions persons with disabilities make towards a more human society. Increase in outreach to under-served persons with disabilities. Societal awareness and respect for differences and joy in finding that we are "more alike than we are different" which happens in homes that are formed with persons living together with diverse abilities and backgrounds.
Health coverage, Housing, Stipend, Training
Assistants receive a wage, benefits (medical, dental, vision insurance, LTD: full premium paid by L'Arche St. Louis), paid time off, and are eligible to participate in an employer sponsored retirement plan. Above and beyond compensation, participants who live in our community enter a school of heart wherein they grow in self-knowledge, relational awareness, and clarity of purpose.
Medication Administration (Level 1)
Other training required by the Missouri Dept. of Mental Health
potential to attain educational goals for specific programs
Skills you will gain
Direct support to people with disabilities, CPR/1st Aid, medication administration, conflict resolution, relationship building, event planning, hospitality, time management, documentation on Therap software, cooking and menu planning.
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, 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