Brief Job Objectives: The Habilitation Specialist is responsible for direct oversight and training of people receiving services. Provide guidance, training, support and encouragement to people in reaching their maximum potential and to promote independence and community integration.
Provide services and training to persons served according to their written Habilitation Plan and individual Safeguards Plan.
Document Habilitation services contemporaneously in Medisked or with paper note (as applicable) in accordance with the Agency, OPWDD, Medicaid and other funder requirements.
Provide input into the development and implementation of the Habilitation Plan in accordance with the Individualized Service Plan (ISP) as developed by each person receiving services, family, advocate and Medicaid Service Coordinator.
Monitor safety and welfare of people served, take corrective actions as necessary and immediately notify supervisor of concerns.
Provide required supervision as stated in the Habilitation Plan and individual Safeguards Plan.
Assist and support people served to build positive relationships in their community.
Provide needed support and encouragement for people served to advocate for their needs and rights.
Provide personal hygiene and health care assistance to people served as needed including showering, oral hygiene, shaving, hair care etc.
Provide training and encouragement to people served to ensure good personal health care as needed. Communicate health care concerns to supervisor or nurse as necessary.
Communicate professionally with persons receiving services, families and the community as necessary.
Complete all required paperwork and documentation on a daily basis as needed including checklists, progress notes, injury/fall reports, seizure reports, attendance records etc.
Provide transportation to people served as necessary.
Complete all required Agency Training per agency policy
Adhere to all Agency and Program Policies and Procedures.
Participate in corporate compliance and quality assurance activities as required.
Other related duties as assigned.
Develop volunteer/job opportunities in community for program participants.
Attend ISP meetings and team meetings for people receiving services as requested.
Participate on Agency committees.
Administer medications as trained and as designated.
Loading and unloading buses.
Reports to: Habilitation Manager or Habilitation Coordinator
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to instruct others on vocational or daily living skills.
Actively listen and be able to communicate, verbally and in writing.
Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
Maintain composure under pressure.
Serve as a role model and represent the agency positively in the community.
Ability to use a computer or mobile device to access email and required software.
Ability to self-initiate projects and function autonomously as a leader when needed.
Ability to lift 50 pounds, and to stand, sit, kneel, and stoop
Ability to assist an adult with personal care needs
Be physically able to assist individuals in transferring from wheelchair to other seat when needed
Ability to assist individuals with ambulation
Ability to move chairs, tables and access storage areas.
Ability to drive.
May involve frequent travel to off-site locations including job/volunteer locations, community recreational sites and personal residences.
May require evening and weekend work.
May require use of personal vehicle.
High school diploma or equivalent
Valid NYS driver's license with a safe driving record per agency policy
Work schedule: Monday - Friday 8am-4pm
Total hours per week: 40