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Direct Care Staff
Abilities Inc
Job Location: Fort Atkinson, WI

Abilities, Inc.

Employee Policy Manual

Direct Care Staff Job Description

Position Requirements:

Must be 18 years of age or older.

Must have achieved a High School Diploma or Equivalent.

Must Pass A DHS Criminal Background Check or show proof of rehabilitation.

Must have a valid Wisconsin Drivers License with an insurable record.

Must have the ability to work 8 hour shift every other Saturday and Sunday.

Must be Free and Clear of Communicable Diseases

Position Objective: To provide a safe, quality, professional, and caring service. You will be required to promote the highest level of independence and enhance the quality of life for all individuals that reside in Abilities, Inc. programs. This is all designed to ensure the best welfare, safety, and security for you, the community, and the clients that we serve.

Job Requirements:

  1. As an employee of Abilities, Inc. you may be asked to rotate to different facilities and program supervisors. You will be expected to be flexible with these changes as you are an employee of Abilities, Inc. and are not hired for any specific home.
  2. Supervise residents within all specifications set forth in their Individual Service Plans (ISP), Behavioral Support Plan (BSP), and Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP). Employees will also need to be aware of and review Elopement Plans/Protocols, Seizure Protocols, Diabetic Protocols and anything else specifically pertaining to the residents they are supervising.
  3. Be a positive role model. Use positive encouragement, never degrade, and never portray actions that would contradict the best interest of the resident of Abilities, Inc.
  4. Provide a clean facility. Ensure that the facility is homelike and promote independence for the residents so that they will learn the skills to keep a clean home as well. It is your duty to ensure that residents have a clean and hazard free environment, please be aware of fire hazards in residents rooms. You will be required to assist and encourage residents to keep their personal living spaces clean in the event that they are unable or unwilling to do so themselves.
  5. Provide a professional attitude at all times towards residents, resident guests/family members, guardians, care managers, supervisors and fellow Abilities, Inc. employees. Show respect and consistency with program structure.
  6. Finish all tasks outlined by supervisors.
  7. Prepare meals consistent with the posted menu in the facility, and ensure sanitary methods are followed. Prepare special diets as ordered by residents physician. Grocery shopping and menu planning may be required. Encourage resident participation with all menu planning and meal preparation.
  8. Provide Personal Care Services as outlined in the residents Individual Service Plan (ISP). This may include lifting and transferring residents that would require your ability to use gait belts, adaptive equipment, and lifting up to 100 pounds. Please read and follow Abilities, Inc. Limited Lift Policy.
  9. Plan and participate in community and in-facility activities. An activity calendar will be posted in the facility at all times.
  10. Orientate yourself to Evacuation Procedures, Grievance Procedures, Program Statements, (These are provided in the facility on a designated wall) along with all Policy and Procedures outlined in the Employee Handbook.
  11. Attend all scheduled shifts and staff meetings. You will be expected to follow Abilities, Inc. Attendance policy (704) and take responsibility for your shifts.
  12. Communicate comprehensive and accurate reports through verbal and written skills. You will be required to use electronic charting and must be able to use a computer with some basic knowledge.
  13. Provide safe transportation for residents as delegated by your direct supervisor to work, community activities provided by the facility, personal care shopping/grocery shopping, to Adult Day Care services and to doctors appointments.
  14. Administer/monitor medications according to orders prescribed by Residents physician. Obtain knowledge of possible side effects and interactions the medications may have. This can be assessed through Extended Care Professional (ECP), Abilities, Inc. electronic charting for all medication administration and resident charting. You will also be responsible for shift to shift Schedule 2 medication counts, as an approved medication passer/monitor.
  15. Familiarize yourself to the State Requirements outlined in DHS 88 and DHS 83. There will be provided copies at the facility for you to review.
  16. Attend all training mandated by Abilities, Inc. Administration. As follows:

Before performing any job duties:

Orientation Training

Job Responsibilities

Prevention and reporting of resident abuse, neglect and misappropriation of resident property.

Information regarding assessed needs and individual services for each resident for whom the employee is responsible.

Emergency and disaster plan and evacuation procedures under s. DHS 83.47 (2)

Policies and procedures.

Recognizing and responding to resident changes of condition.

Prior to assuming any responsibilities:

Standard Precautions

Within 90 days after starting employment:

Resident Rights

Client Group Specific

Recognizing and Responding to Challenging Behaviors

Fire Safety

First Aid and Choking

Provisions of Personal Care

Dietary Training

Medication Administration and Management


This includes your required 15 hours of Continuing Education (CEU Training) after your annual hire date. Failure to complete any training within the required timeline with result in suspension and/or termination of employment.

  1. Report any maintenance concerns to your program supervisor immediately, you will be asked to fill out a maintenance request form.
  2. You will be required to report any changes in condition immediately to your program supervisor and fill out the appropriate documentation.
  3. You will be responsible for logging yourself in and out when reporting and leaving work. You will be held accountable for reviewing your hours and reporting any discrepancies to your direct supervisor immediately upon realizing the error.
  4. You will be responsible to report any injury that occurs in the workplace immediately to your direct supervisor and complete the appropriate paperwork.
  5. You will be required to have an initial TB (Tuberculosis) skin test placed and read after 72 hours, prior to reporting for work. A 2nd TB (Tuberculosis) skin test will be completed within 2 weeks of your initial test.
  6. You will be required to do CRS noting at any facility that may require them.

I have read and understand the above job description. I am able to complete the above responsibilities with the following accommodations.


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