Recovery Assistant - Caregiver/Home Health Aide
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Role & Responsibility
Recovery Assistant services provided to the participant in his/her home and other community settings. These services include:
- Performing the following tasks if the participant (by reason of physical or psychiatric disability) is unable to perform them, or assisting, or cueing the participant to perform them:
- Meal planning and preparation, shopping, housekeeping (e.g., changing linens, washing dishes, vacuuming/dusting, laundry, mending clothing repairs), basic household tasks (e.g., regulating home temperature, storing food appropriately, resolving issues about bill paying).
- Dressing, personal grooming and hygiene (e.g., bathing, dressing, and oral care).
- Appropriate use of emergency medical services.
- Assisting or cueing the participant to perform or become engaged in:
a. Family, social, and recreational activities.
b. Appropriate use of natural community supports (e.g., social clubs, faith-based supports).
c. Appropriate use of routine medical/dental services.
d. Use of medications as prescribed, including self-administration of medications.
e. Healthy habits (e.g., healthy diet, exercise, and behaviors designed to alleviate stress).
f. Fulfillment of personal commitments, and adherence to scheduled appointments/meetings (e.g., clinical, vocational, educational, and judicial/court).
- Assisting or cueing the participant to avoid:
- Risky behaviors (e.g., unprotected sex, smoking/excessive use of tobacco products, unsafe driving/driving without a seatbelt, unsafe relationships, criminal activities).
- Substance abuse.
- Unnecessary conflicts.
- Supportive and problem-solving-oriented discussions with the participant.
- Establishing and maintaining a helpful, supportive, companionship relationship with the participant that involves such activities as:
a. Escorting the participant to necessary medical, dental, or personal business appointments; b. Reading to or for the participant;
c. Engaging in or discussing recreational, hobby, or sport-related activities.
- Other activities are directed at reducing disability, restoring participant functioning, and achieving independent participation in social, interpersonal, family, or community activities and full community re-integration and independence.
- Participation in waiver Recovery Plan development and quarterly Recovery Plan update meetings, if requested by the DMHAS Support Coordinator
- Travel with a participant when the Recovery Assistant also engages in a qualifying waiver service activity.
• 1-3 years experience in a related field
• Working Conditions
- RA will work in homes, offices, or communities to assist clients in gaining skills on treatment plans.
• Should be able to stand, sit, run, lift 25-50lb.
Qualifications and Education Requirements
- Be at least 18 yrs. old.
- · Possess at least a high school diploma or GED.
- · Possess a valid Connecticut driver’s license, state-issued identification card, and auto insurance.
- · Be registered with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) as having completed an approved Recovery Assistant training program, have a Criminal Background check conducted within six months of application, and meet any continuing education and/or training requirements set by DMHAS.
• Ability to work independently, good decision-making ability, and strong communication skills.
• Strong written skills
• Adaptive to change.
• Bilingual and or Sign language preferred
• Technology skills
- Applicant must work a consistent and flexible schedule to accommodate the client's needs and clinical recommendations of the clients treatment plan.
- Professional work attire – Scrub bottom or shorts (3 inches above the knee), work shirt or black and white shirt, and sneakers or casual dress (workplace appropriate).
• No long earrings or necklace is worn to work.