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Relief Careworkers - MidWest

Rehab Group

  • Limerick
  • Not disclosed
  • Permanent part-time
  • Updated 13/12/2012
  • Suzanne De Hora
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Relief Careworkers MIDWEST REGION


RehabCare is the health and social care division of the Rehab Group. Our aim is to enhance the lives of all of our clients through the provision of high quality, flexible, person centred services. We presently provide and are developing a number of services, including Resource Centres, Residential Services, Respite Care, Supported Accommodation and Home Based Services for people with disabilities.

Staff will be required to participate as part of a team of experienced people who will share our philosophy and goals to provide supportive and caring services for service users and their families. A comprehensive training programme will be provided to all staff.

Applications are now invited for the following positions:

Post:            Relief Careworkers - Permanent Contracts
Location:     MidWest Adult Residential Services

The successful candidates to this position will be on a relief panel of careworkers to cover annual leave or staff absences within the service that may occur from time to time within the North Tipperary or Clare/Limerick area.

Reporting to the Residential Services Manager through the Team leader, the successful candidate to this position will have responsibility for the provision of both a personal care and support service to service users. The person appointed will also facilitate the overall provision of a service user-focused service where independent living and community integration are key elements. A rotational shift system will operate within the unit and sleep-over responsibilities and night duty will apply.

It is essential that the candidates have previous experience of working with people with an Intellectual Disability. A Social Care qualification is desirable.

Closing date: Friday 14th of December 2012.



Job Title: Careworker


Reporting To: Residential/Day Service Manager

Purpose of the Position

To provide a personal care service and facilitate a client focused service to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, within a Residential/Day Service setting, promoting their independence at all times.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

To facilitate and implement a Person Centered service appropriate to the needs, wishes, and requirements of the clients.

To provide personal assistance in all aspects of personal care and manual handling, adhering to safe practice at all times.

To carry out any duties necessary to ensure the comfort and hygiene of clients.

Actively participate in appropriate educational, recreational and occupational programmes within the Centre and in the community ensuring best practice in line with up to date research regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Assist clients in the selection of their meal menu, in the cooking of their meal and eating, promoting personal choice at all times.

To provide personal assistance in facilitating and enabling clients to integrate with the local community and access local resources.

To assist clients in the taking of their medication and record same.

To ensure all interactions with clients are approached with dignity, respect, equality, and incorporating choice.

Assist with the catering, cleaning and general domestic duties within the Centre.

To ensure the safe transportation of clients when using transport, by adhering to the use of all safety equipment, as appropriate.

To assist with ensuring that a quality service is provided at all times, and assist with monitoring and implementing process.

To document information and complete paperwork as deemed necessary and for accountability purposes.

To enshrine the concept of independent living.

To comply with health and safety legislation and ensure the safe use and regular maintenance of all aids and appliances used within the Centre.

To maintain a basic knowledge of first aid/personal care and to implement good hygiene practices.

To ensure the privacy and confidentiality of clients at all times.

Attendance at training as deemed appropriate by the management of the service.

To promote and be actively involved in teamwork at all times.

To participate in creating a nurturing and supportive environment for service users.

To liaise with families, the multidisciplinary team and other personnel as directed by the Centre Manager.

Any other reasonable duties as deemed appropriate by the Centre Manager.


Professional & Educational Qualifications

  • A third level graduate, Health & Social Care or equivalent is desirable

Knowledge & Work Experience

  • Experience of working in a Residential Setting
  • Experience of providing appropriate supports to service users with relevant disability.
  • Experience of working within a team environment.
  • Experience of facilitating and implementing a person centred plan.
  • Experience of supporting indviduals with all aspects of behaviour management and support through positive behaviour support
  • Experience of maintaining a focus on Health, Safety, Hygiene and good housekeeping guidelines in a service setting and ensuring best practice
  • Experience of maintaining relationships with stakeholders in the provision of health & social care services.
  • Experience in the support of independent living skills and community integration for persons with relevant disability.
  • Experience in the provision of personal assistance in all aspects of personal care.

Special Aptitudes / Competencies

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organisational, logistical skills
  • Ability to manage behaviours that challenge
  • Track record of liaising with service users and their families (where applicable) to ensure best quality of care
  • A champion of Person Centred Planning and Individual Action Plans
  • A specific interest in services, activities and programmes to cater for the needs of persons with an intellectual disability and/or a dual diagnosis and behaviours that challenge
  • Ability to maintain networks within the local communities
  • Ability to establish and maintain good relationships with internal colleagues and external agencies
  • Strong IT and report writing skills.
  • Maintain quality management system

Personal Characteristics

  • Highly motivated self starter
  • Team orientated
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Interest in continuous improvement
  • Approachable
  • Energy & Enthusiasm
  • Flexible
  • Confidentiality
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment
  • Confident
  • Effective listening skills
  • Professional
  • Work on own initiative
  • Empathy

Special Circumstances

  • Full Clean Driving Licence
  • Flexible with regard to working hours in order to meet the operational needs of the service
  • Participate in RehabCare training programme

This job profile is the subject of ongoing review.


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