Assistant Role Description
Assistants must be of sturdy emotional disposition, have good physical health, and be trustworthy and responsible. They should have a desire and a capacity to live with, learn from, and relate to people with intellectual disabilities (the “core people” of the community) on a personal level, as well as the ability to work well on a team.
Assistants attend and support core people’s participation in events of the community’s spiritual formation and faith practice and must respect the beliefs and support the spiritual journeys of people from a variety of religious and philosophical backgrounds.
- 20 years of age or older.
- Valid driver’s license and ability to drive comfortably in the city.
- Desire to work with people who have disabilities.
- Ability to learn and fulfill responsibilities listed below.
- Ability to learn and implement the policies and procedures of L’Arche.
- Desire to live and grow in interdenominational Christian community.
- Independence and maturity as demonstrated by –
- Ability to share responsibility for managing a home,
- Ability to work cooperatively and constructively as part of a team,
- Ability to take responsibility for health and safety of others, and
- Ability to work with diverse individuals.
- Ability to learn about developmental disabilities, mental health, health disorders, and related physical conditions and treatment approaches.
- Ability to learn and implement simple nursing care, first aid skills, behavior management strategies, and personal and environmental hygiene.
- Ability to transfer adults from wheelchairs to vehicles, beds, etc. and to assist in lifting wheelchairs into and out of vehicles.
- Creativity, flexibility, attention to detail, and ability to organize time.
- Strong verbal and written English communication skills.
- Spanish proficiency highly desirable.
- College education preferred.
- Willing and able to commit for minimum of one year, with a preference for a two-year commitment.
- To build relationships of mutual care and support with people with disabilities and other community members.
- To observe the rights and personal dignity of others.
- To foster a home life of unity, mutual respect, and participation by all members.
- To provide direct care supports, training, assistance and supervision for, and empower core people in:
- Personal care needs (clothing, hygiene, eating, etc.), money management, medical care, appointments, family and work connections, household chores, laundry, medications, meal preparation, transportation,
- Achieving personal goals and performing programmatic activities as noted in core person plans and adequately documenting all necessary information,
- Communicating and self-advocating effectively with doctors and other professionals.
- To participate on a team, including sharing responsibility for:
- Household and yard maintenance, cleaning, property upkeep, shopping, and financial management,
- Scheduled routines, community celebrations and events, vacations and house outings, and the work of committees,
- Attending regularly scheduled meetings.
- To be a member and work on at least one of our standing committees.
- To complete all required training and formation.
- To manage time well and complete tasks within required time.