In this position, you will be providing general supervision and observation over our facility and residents. You will be assisting our residents in meeting their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), such as assistance with toileting, ambulating, grooming, showering, and hygiene. There are housecleaning and laundry duties each day at Roses & Ivy in order to keep our home clean and smelling nice. You may also be asked to help with our daily activity program at times. At mealtimes, our Caregivers 'change gears' and help with the food service. Medication Administration experience is a plus, but not a requirement at Roses & Ivy. Previous experience working with the elderly or another group with similar needs is preferred.
Each and every day, you will have opportunities to get to know our residents, their families, and other guests in our facility...it is important to remember that at these times, you represent us and your interactions can have a significant influence on our reputation in this area...that's why we value those qualities above so much. We understand that your personal life is important to you, so we have a fixed schedule at Roses & Ivy so that you can plan your life, but we are also as flexible as possible when you have other commitments (such as school & family). We provide Paid Vacation Time (PVT) and Paid Sick Time, both of these increasing with your length of service. Our employees can choose to have one meal each day they work at Roses & Ivy at no cost to them...it's something that started when we made too much food for a meal, but has continued because our staff really likes it.
These are the type of qualities that we look for when hiring new staff members at Roses & Ivy.
This person understands that the people we care for may feel vulnerable, confused, scared, & uncomfortable, and being able to identify & allay these fears can create a sense of calm and trust. This type of person is a good listener and can put themselves into someone else's situation in order to understand how best to work with that person.
Having it and demonstrating it are two very different things. This type of person understands that those they care for cannot operate at the same speed as we do. They give someone enough time to participate in their care, resulting in more independence and dignity.
These are very important qualities because many of the people we care for lack the close personal contact that once was so prolific in their lives. We work in such an intimate setting that demonstrating warmth and compassion often results in the establishment of close, personal relationships with our residents.
Unselfish, customer-focused people consistently perform well in our environment. These people understand what customer service is really about and don't get distracted by others around them. They maintain a strong sense of professionalism, but they are also genuine and personable with those around them.
People receiving care come to rely on and depend upon their caregivers and often feel a sense of personal attachment. Coworkers also have similar feelings, so it is important that you can be reliable and demonstrate a strong sense of commitment. This involves not only attendance, but consistently being ready and able to do your best every day at Roses & Ivy.
You must be able to know your own personal limitations and seek help from coworkers when you may be approaching those limitations. We staff 2-3 times as many caregivers as most facilities our size & larger because we take your safety and the safety of our residents very seriously. We will provide a great deal of classroom and on-the-job training, but being able to exercise good judgment is critical.
Cheerful, positive people influence the environment around us in so many ways, especially when those that we care for have dementia. They say that 'stress is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.' We believe heavily in this philosophy and will do everything possible to help our staff learn how to apply it. Work should be fun! It doesn't take much at times to make a really big difference in the lives of those we care for.
The people we care for are relying on us to help them in meeting their activities of daily living (ADLs). It is important that we are able to stay focused on our customers' needs and efficiently go about assisting them. From to time, you'll be asked to help more than one resident at a time and it is important to be able to break things down into separate tasks that can be started with one resident, then jump to helping another with a task.
Working well with others is critical to being an excellent caregiver. Our environment is so heavily influenced by the relationships we have with our residents, their families, and with each other. Developing strong relationships with your coworkers is a big part of job satisfaction.
We will never be perfect caregivers...perfection is impossible. It is important to be honest with yourself and with others around you about your abilities and your knowledge. If you don't have a willingness to learn and improve, this is probably not the best place for you. We'll provide the training, but being honest with yourself and others is critical.