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Live-In Assistant

L'Arche St. Louis
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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.

Service Activities

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
 Provides transportation
 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.

General Responsibilities
 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.

Position Outcomes

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.

Education Benefits

Medication Administration (Level 1) CPR/1st Aid 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
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities
  • Focus Areas Aging, Disability, Health & Nutrition
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements GED
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Disability Services Organization, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization, National Nonprofit/Affiliate, Volunteer Placement Organization
  • Weekly Training Hours 2

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