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TOGETHER TO HELP

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Together To Help Organization is seeking Special needs caregivers to provide care to children and adults who have special needs that render them unable to perform regular daily tasks such as feeding, bathing, and cleaning themselves. Special needs caregivers work all shifts during weekdays and weekends, depending on the needs of their clients and employers. Nursing homes, people with special needs family members, medical facilities, and home health care providers hire special needs caregivers. This job requires daily travel to patients’ homes.

Special Needs Caregiver Duties and Responsibilities

Private citizens and many types of healthcare providers hire special needs caregivers to provide ongoing assistance and care to patients who are unable to manage their own needs. No matter who employs them, special needs caregivers are required to perform the following job tasks:

Manage Meals

Special needs caregivers prepare, cook, and feed meals to their patients. The special needs caregiver may also perform the grocery shopping for their clients and clean up patients and food preparation areas after every meal.

Daily Grooming

Special needs caregivers assist their patients with all daily grooming needs, including brushing their teeth, bathing, and dressing.

Bathroom Assistance

Some patients may require assistance using the bathroom and cleaning up after themselves in the bathroom.

Housekeeping Tasks

Special needs caregivers also tend to tasks like the laundry, making up the bed, doing dishes, and performing other housekeeping chores.

Entertainment Activities

Special needs caregivers keep their patients’ minds active by planning and managing learning and entertainment activities. This may include playing games, reading books, and talking to patients.

Monitor Patients

Special needs caregivers are responsible for monitoring their patients. This includes reporting any changes in a patient mood, behavior, physical health, and home environment to family members and supervisors. They also create daily written or verbal reports regarding their patients’ overall state of health and mind.

Administer Medications

Special needs caregivers must stay aware of medication schedules for patients and administer medications as prescribed.

Assist with Mobility

Special needs patients may have limited mobility, so the caregivers must physically assist patients with getting around. They may also take patients to medical appointments.

Special Needs Caregiver Skills and Qualifications

Special needs caregivers are nurturing people who treat their clients with respect and dignity while maintaining a professional attitude and protecting patient privacy. Individuals who wish to pursue this professional path must acquire several skills:

  • Communication - Special needs caregivers talk with their patients throughout the course of their working hours and offer detailed reports to family members and employers regarding patient progress and state of well-being. These professionals have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Patience - Caring for patients requires special needs caregivers to remain patient at all times, and the job may require caregivers to perform tasks repeatedly until they are completed to satisfaction
  • Compassion - Special needs caregivers must maintain a compassionate and kind demeanor, even when patients are irritable, demanding, angry, or otherwise suffering from extreme emotional states
  • Time Management - It’s important for special needs caregivers to keep patients on regular bathing, feeding, and medication schedules, which requires good time management and organization
  • Physical Ability - Special needs caregivers must lift and carry patients, household items, groceries, and laundry. They also have the ability to care for patients by bending, squatting, stooping, and standing for hours at a time, which requires good physical strength

Special Needs Caregiver Education and Training

Special needs caregivers must have a high school diploma or GED. Most employers will also require employees to have previous experience working with people who have disabilities, or a college degree in behavioral studies, social work, counseling, or a related field. Special needs caregivers must pass a physical exam to prove they are in good health as well as a complete background check. They must be able to provide professional references highlighting their ability to perform necessary job tasks.

In addition, special needs caregivers must obtain first aid certification and a CPR card showing they know how to perform this life-saving skill. Some employers may also seek candidates who have DSP certification. The Direct Support Professionals exam is administered by the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals. Individuals seeking to obtain this certification must complete an application detailing their qualifications, relevant work history, and other required information.

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About TOGETHER TO HELP

Location:

4175 E RENO AVE, LAS VEGAS, NV 89120, US

Mission Statement

At the core of our work, are cultural programs that promote communication within a diverse community that engages Romanians and Americans. Together we aim to combat social marginalization by restoring human dignity, helping and encouraging disadvantaged people through education and social commitment.

Description

Together To Help is a 501(c)3 organization which is active in Las Vegas since December 12th, 2019. Our main goal is to support
intercultural communication between Romania and America, calling all domains of activity to come together and support social and
educational life. Our actions are built on Christian love, and moral values, encouraging human Charitable virtues. We provide cultural diversity and community engagement programs between Romania and America. Together we aim to combat social marginalization by restoring human dignity, helping and encouraging disadvantaged people in our diverse communities, through education and social commitment.
In the last year of 2020, we were present in Las Vegas Community helping UNLV Hope Students, disabled students from Romania, poor people suffering hunger during pandemic lockdowns and we offered new boots and coats for poor children in Romania.

Children & Youth
Community
Crisis Support

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

POBox 12671 Las VegasLas Vegas, NV 89112

(36.100,-115.070)
 

SKILLS

  • Youth Services
  • Family Therapy
  • Child Welfare
  • Child Care
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Child Development

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Flexible

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