Program Assistant

  • Grace Adult Day Services - Altoona
  • 2441 New Pine Drive
  • Posted: Jan 14, 2019

Job Description

We are hiring for a Part-time (Daytime Shift, 30-42hrs/pp) to join our team.:


Positive, upbeat and cooperative work environment! :

Responsibilities: To enhance the quality of life for participants according to established policies, procedures and objectives of the organization:

Special Features/Requirements (license, certificates, etc): :

CNA, CBRF medication trained and previous experience working with specialized populations including older adults, memory impairments, physical disabilities and/or persons with cognitive disabilities preferred. Adheres to organizations policies and procedures, federal/state regulations and guidelines (including participant rights), maintains neat and well-groomed appearance while adhering to the dress code of the organization/program, maintains a demeanor that reflects positively on the organization.

Essential Functions::

* Adheres to participant’s care plan
* Maintains and promotes a person-centered approach to care
* Provides input and assistance with activity planning and scheduling; maintains flexibility to make unscheduled activity and assignment changes
* Conducts and/or assists with daily program tasks and assigned 1:1 and group activities utilizing interpersonal skills to meet participant needs
* Escorts participants to and from activities
* 1:1 Program Assistants first priority is the participant they are working with 1:1. Each 1:1 participant’s care plan will be the guideline for all cares, activities and any information relating to that individual
* 1:1 Program Assistants will assist other staff members by either engaging the 1:1 participant in that appropriate activity or will assist with duties such as, but not limited to, personal cares, tidying up, interaction with other participants, etc. Non 1:1 related tasks may be performed if the 1:1 participant’s needs are being met
* Program Assistants will request assistance from each other as needed and collaborate respectfully with each other
* Assist participants with personal cares including using the restroom, pericare, showers, changing incontinence products, transferring, etc.
* Assist participants with medication administration under the supervision of nursing supervisor
* Prepares and/or serves meals and snacks daily
* Assists participants with dining needs
* Cleans and sanitizes dishes and general dining areas after each meal and as needed
* Cleans and sanitizes common areas, equipment and supplies after activities
* Observes and reports behavioral and physical health changes in participants
* Observes and records participant attendance and responses
* Assists the Director to maintain participant files and documentation of information including vitals, activities and cares
* Assists the Director to provide verbal and written communication families and providers and participant care plan programming
* Has access to confidential information/records and maintains confidentiality
* Attendance and participation is expected in staff meetings, trainings and in-services
* Regular attendance is required
* Projects a positive image of the organization while working with participants, coworkers and the public
Physical Requirements (based on essential functions): :

Frequently assists clients with transfers from wheelchair to toilet or to recliner or to a bed. Frequently pushes/pulls participants in wheelchairs weighting 200+ pounds a distance of approximately 600 feet; frequently lifts and carries activity equipment and supplies weighing up to 25 pounds; occasionally reaches above shoulder height; frequently reaches at or below shoulder heights; occasionally walks on uneven ground; occasionally squats, kneels, climbs stairs and ladders; frequently twists, stoops, bends, 99% of work day is spent inside, 1% outside; 30% of work is standing, 45% walking, and 25% sitting. Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing with participants, families/caregivers, coworkers and public.

Additional Duties: :

Other duties as assigned