Personal Care Assistant (PCA) / Mentor

Collis-Prather Family - Minneapolis, MN 55436

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POSITION DESCRIPTION
This Personal Care Assistant (PCA)/Mentor position is to support a 14 year-old young woman with special needs with all areas of self-care, educational activities, physical activities, and daily organization. The PCA/Mentor will also act as a "peer" mentor to this young woman, helping her develop independence in the life skills appropriate for a woman her age, as wells as support and encourage a positive attitude and optimistic outlook on a daily basis. The perfect female candidate for this position is someone with a a strong interest in working with a teen with special needs, a positive outgoing attitude, a commitment to helping develop a young person's skills and abilities, and the availability to work early mornings and evenings (split shift). Partnering with the family, the person in this position will set monthly goals and create strategies to achieve those goals. Work hours are Monday - Friday, 6:00am - 7:30am and three hours in the afternoon/evening (flexible). Work location is Edina, Minnesota. Pay rate is $13-15 dollars per hour, 20-25 hours per week.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:
Key responsibilities of this role include:
1. Help prioritize all areas of self-care, including brushing and flossing teeth, washing hair and body (showering), brushing hair, washing up before bed, using deodorant, shaving, washing clothes, making bed, keeping room clean, picking out clothes for the day, eating healthy, exercising, and physical therapy.
2. Help prioritize homework (which is often optional) and the motivation to learn to read.
3. Help to be positive and appreciative of all the great things in life.
4. Play games and participate in other recreational activities.
5. Provide positive, "peer-focused" verbal prompts, in the moment teaching, and physical assistance if needed to teach the self-care activities of daily living that are needed as an adult.
6. Keep a log of the level of independence and self-motivation of all self-care activities.
7. Provide positive, "peer-focused" verbal prompts, in the moment teaching, and physical assistance if needed to teach the healthy habits of daily living that will benefit an adult.
8. Keep a log of the level of independence and self-motivation of healthy life habits.
9. Provide assist as a "positive peer" in a daily period of reading and/or other academic activities.
10. Keep a log of the level of independence and self-motivation of academic activities
11. Assist with morning (getting ready for school) and evening (getting ready for bed and preparing for the next day) activities.
12. Engage as a peer and role model to help guide self-directed development.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
1. High School Diploma or equivalent
2. Strong interest in working with a teen with special needs
3. A woman with a positive, outgoing attitude
4. Availability to work early mornings and evenings (split shift)
5. Understanding of healthy eating and exercise habits
6. Holds a valid driver's license, and transportation to and from work (Edina, MN)

DESIRED / PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Pursuing a career in special education, social work, childhood development, or related field
2. 18-22 years of age
3. Attending or entering a college program

PHYSICAL JOB REQUIREMENTS
1. Ability to stabilize another individual (with balance issues) in walking, getting in and out of a bathtub, and other activities if needed

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