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Become a Foster Care Provider!

The essential duties of the Foster Care Provider are to insure the health, safety and well-being of the client placed under their care. The Foster Care Provider among other things insures that the client has reliable transportation to and from appointments as well as to and from leisurely outings. The Foster Care Provider is also responsible for meal preparation, medication administration/assistance/reminders. To be a Foster Care Provider, the person must have dependable transportation, current drivers license, auto insurance, high school diploma/GED (or pass a competency exam). They must also clear a criminal background check, employee misconduct registry check, federal and state LEIE checks and a social security card. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a Foster Care Provider through Ahora y Siempre, Inc.

Get Paid While You Learn!

Do you enjoy going to the movies, shopping, going to concerts and get great satisfaction out of helping others? Are you looking for a career where you can serve people, and where going to work is more than just a job? Where you can help a person with a disability live a fuller, happier life? If so, have you thought about a job as a direct care worker? These jobs are among the fastest-growing in the nation, and they are expected to be in demand for the next 10 years.

If you think this type of work might be right for you, Ahora y Siempre has career opportunities for you. Our company supports people with intellectual disabilities to become full participating citizens of their communities. We are looking for full-time, part-time, evening and weekend positions as Direct Care Staff.[rule]

Job Specifics

Our direct care staff are a valuable asset therefore, we only hire individuals that truly have a passion for serving the intellectually and physically disabled. Responsibilities vary. They may include meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, transportation, assist with transferring, safety precautions, etc. We are looking for those that have a good track record of being dependable and responsible in their assignments. We also look at those that are patient and capable of understanding our clients’ daily challenges.

Applicants must have dependable transportation, current valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and high school diploma/GED (or pass competency exam). They must clear a criminal history background, employee misconduct registry check, and drug screening. We will also need a copy of your social security card and any other certifications/credentials.

What is direct care work?

If you choose direct care work, you might work in someone’s home, a small group home, the person in need may live in your home or you may also work at a day habilitation facility. As a direct care worker, you might help with:

• Cooking or cleaning;
• Feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming or toiling;
• Driving people to appointments;
• Giving medications;
• Providing support at work, school or in the community; or
• Being a companion.

What you actually do will depend on the needs of the person(s) you work with.

What skills do you need?

The skills you need will vary based upon the person(s) you will be supporting. We will train you on your specific job duties. Ideally and overall we are looking for people who:

• Are interested in helping others,
• Are reliable, and
• Can pass both a criminal history background check and a drug test

And if you are interested in opening your home as a foster care provider, a spare bedroom.

What are the advantages?

Many direct care workers find their work to be more than “just a job” because of the satisfaction they get in helping others. Other attractive aspects of this work include:

• The close connections that many workers make with the people that they support,
• The flexibility of their job duties and hours, and
• The sense of accomplishment they feel when a client learns or regains abilities.

What are the challenges?

Direct care work can be challenging. You may have to do things that you find awkward at first, such as helping someone go to the bathroom or take a shower. For most direct care workers, this gets easier over time. One ongoing challenge may be working with someone with aggressive behaviors. We will train you on how to redirect, manage and diffuse aggressive behaviors.