Senior Housing Specialist

Organization

Project Transitions housing is a 24 month program designed for low-income, people living with HIV. The program has 2 apartment complexes with 30 one and two-bedroom units for independent living. Following a proscribed calculation, residents pay approximately 30% of the monthly income for rent and are also responsible for their own electric bill.

Requirements

The Senior Housing Specialist shall have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university. Knowledge of area affordable housing and work in the field of human services is necessary. Experience working with chronic illness, mental health and substance abuse are beneficial. Must be bi-lingual.

Position Overview

Responsible for creating a permanent housing plan for each resident with resident input and goals and activities. Assess and identify skills, education and resources for each resident to include in the plan. Assist in resource acquisition, ensuring maintenance in medical care and medication adherence, and meeting basic needs, including move-in/move-out activities. Determine eligibility and address resident behavior issues.

Major Tasks:

  1. Provide case management services for approximately 30-35 residents of Project Transitions (PT) transitional housing programs.
  2. Complete intake interviews for all housing applicants. Collaborate with PT program staff on the resident placement in programs, which includes initial and ongoing assessment of the applicant’s ability to live independently.
  3. Be responsible for the initial development and implementation of a Needs Assessment and an Individual Transition Plan (ITP) and for each resident on assigned case load. Complete home visits with residents a minimum of monthly to review plan.
  4. Facilitate residents’ transition to permanent low income housing through applications, referrals and monthly follow-up. Update the housing authority waiting list on a regular basis.
  5. Provide harm reduction counseling and relapse prevention for assigned case load. Keep abreast of substance use and mental health issues; refer residents to appropriate resources when a need is identified.
  6. Create and monitor “before care” and “aftercare” program for applicants and residents to ensure success in housing, including follow-up after a permanent housing placement occurs.
  7. Provide counseling on an informal basis to residents and families, identify needs and make appropriate referrals to off-site services.
  8. Coordinate with other agency groups in providing support for residents. Develop effective and cooperative relations in order to do so.
  9. Assist in developing a Life Skills program with the Program Coordinator. Coordinate conduct skill building work shops and individual classes.
  10. Inspect and qualify apartments according to HUD standards.
  11. Assist residents in moving in and out of facility as needed.
  12. Report to the Housing Program Coordinator for supervision weekly.
  13. Identify areas of training for staff and volunteers and participate in developing and conducting training in order to increase clinical competence and the overall quality of services.
  14. Coordinate and facilitate program evaluation for housing residents.
  15. Ensure all documentation and charting is kept in an accurate and timely manner. Turn in all forms in a timely manner.
  16. Take on-call on a regular basis. Share on-call with the Housing Program Coordinator.
  17. Provide transportation to residents as needed.
  18. Serve as an educator in the community regarding Project Transitions and its role and function.
  19. Complete weekly Capital Area Food bank orders online and assist with food bank order pick-ups.

Benefits

  1. Salary range $31,500 to $34,500.
  2. Medical/Health insurance for full-time employees following 60 days of service.
  3. Vacation/sick time per agency personnel policy.

To apply send resume and cover letter to Todd Logan at tlogan@projecttransitions.org

 

Part-Time PRN Caregiver

Background

Doug’s House (DH) is a 5-bed special medical care facility providing residential hospice and recuperative care for people living with HIV. A typical resident stay is 2-6 months dependent on health care needs. Some residents are in good health needing minimal assistance and some residents are in decline, requiring ongoing attention. A number of residents are homeless and many have substance abuse or mental health issues in their past or current lives.

PRNs provide direct patient care, including attending to the personal hygiene of residents, meal preparation, resident and house laundry and general housekeeping. PRNs support the work of the RN, social worker and other professional staff. PRN staff also support the goals of DH to stabilize the health of residents, improve health outcomes and enable residents to manage their own care upon discharge.

Requirements

A high school diploma/GED and some caregiving experience is required. CNA or other certifications a plus, along with medical/residential setting experience.   

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Oversee the physical hygiene regiments of residents and chart accordingly; assist resident with activities of daily living as needed.
  2. Maintain cleanliness of physical surroundings, especially residents’ rooms and the house in general. Identify areas for work and coordinate their completion with other staff/volunteers.
  3. Prepare meals in a timely manner and ensure residents have access to snacks and drinks as requested.
  4. Interact daily with residents. Assist with emotional care of the resident, accepting him or her where they are today. Use of appropriate listening and communication skills are important. Implement services to the diverse population in a culturally competent manner.
  5. Provide assistance to residents whenever necessary, including assistance with ambulating and transfer. Training will be provided to ensure competency in proper body mechanics and transferring.
  6. Coordinate with other staff members in providing care for the emotional, social, spiritual and physical needs of residents by attending weekly staff meetings, quarterly trainings and daily shift report.
  7. Complete and maintain all household inventories (i.e. grocery list, chore list, supply list, MAR, count forms, etc.).
  8. Assist residents with medication and medication management. Count and pour meds; report any med errors to RN. (Dependent on experience and as assigned; training provided).
  9. Train, supervise and actively support agency volunteers.
  10. Work with the families of individuals to educate and incorporate them in to the care plan.
  11. Follow on-call protocol regarding accidents/incidents, emergencies and shift coverage.
  12. Inform the Program Coordinator of any problem that arises with any of the residents and/or families in order to assure continuity of care for the residents.
  13. Continually seek to improve the quality of caregiving and to inform the Program Coordinator of any area in which additional training or direction is needed.
  14. The caregiver may be assigned other duties from time to time that are not described in the job description but for which they have been deemed capable of completing.
  15. Follow all licensing and grant protocols and standards of care in all the work performed.

Benefits

  1. $12.00 hourly
  2. Several positions available
  3. Morning, afternoon and evening shifts available, both weekday and weekend.

To apply send resume and cover letter to Todd Logan at tlogan@projecttransitions.org