HOPe is a non-profit organization housed in a state-of-the-art facility that provides support to families with children and adults living with developmental challenges, both cognitive and/or physical by providing high quality programming and weekend respite services, including overnight respite that supports individuals and their families requiring 24/7 care.

The HOPe team is dedicated and committed to providing the best services to our clients. HOPe offers excellent employee benefits including Health Insurance, 401(k), Life Insurance and Long Term Disability Insurance to full time employees.

For more information, please contact Christine Harte, Human Resources Director at 508-205-0555 ext. 25. c.harte@houseofpossibilities.org

POSITION TITLE: Direct Care Aide (Per Diem)
Reply with resume and cover letter to:
Christine Harte
508-205-0555 ext. 25

DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: The Direct Care Aide position directly supports individuals with developmental and other disabilities served in the adult day program. The direct care worker is responsible for implementing the individual’s programs in-house and in the community.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES including the following. Other duties may be assigned. Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Ensure and safeguard individuals’ human dignity, rights, and liberties.

  1. Demonstrate a high regard for each person and sensitivity for cultural values, expectations and goals of individuals, families, staff and others.
  2. Display professional attitude and behavior, being courteous, empathetic, helpful and positive in all interpersonal interactions.
  3. Work effectively and cooperatively with individuals, staff, families, community members and others; presenting self and HOPe in a positive and professional manner.
  4. Focus on providing consumer satisfaction as primary goal; regularly seeking feedback and input from persons served.
  5. Maintain confidentiality by discussing individual concerns only with appropriate people in private settings.
  6. Be an active listener and utilize clear and direct communication.

Implement Day Hab Service Plan (DHSP &/or ISP) objectives.

  1. Assist individuals to participate in a variety of meaningful activities to increase functional independence.
  2. Support individuals as appropriate, in making and expressing choices, throughout their day; to include a total communication system.
  3. Assist individuals to build on their individual strengths and interests.
  4. Provide the support needed by individuals to successfully become a part of the community and to participate in in-house activities; according to each person’s needs and wishes.
  5. Follow daily schedules of individuals and implement designated activities.
  6. Follow the learning style and implementation strategy as outlined in each person’s support plan.
  7. Consistently incorporate individual’s therapeutic goals into daily activities, etc.

Document each person’s progress towards their objectives.

  1. Report daily activities and any out of the ordinary incidents to appropriate supervisory personnel (Program Director, Executive Director and/or RN).
  2. Document data for DHSP programs daily on program specific data sheets.
  3. Submit completed data sheets on individuals’ DHSP to Program Director according to an established schedule.
  4. Complete all necessary data sheets developed by the Physical, Occupational, Speech and Behavioral Therapist.
  5. Complete incident reports as necessary; to include behavioral incident reports.

Assist individuals physically as necessary, including, but not limited to:

  1. Using the restroom
  2. Regularly lift and/or transfer/move individuals in and out of wheelchairs, vehicles, up from and down to a mat, etc.
  3. Eating: assistance and monitoring per individual needs.
  4. Grooming/hygiene
  5. Walking
  6. Emergency evacuation
  7. Behavioral incidents: intervene verbally and physically with individuals as appropriate.

Ensure individuals’ health, safety and general well being

  1. Assist individuals to maintain hygiene at all times.
  2. Maintain a safe, clean and stimulating environment.
  3. Ensure that all individuals follow diet orders including food consistency.
  4. Keep the manager informed of any potential problems or needs of the consumer that may arise and are not being addressed.
  5. Follow established chain of communication in regard to each person’s needs, concerns, etc.

DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES: Adhere to all HOPE Policies and Procedures. Attend and participate in staff trainings and development. Work as a team member to accomplish common tasks, resolve issues and plan for change. Promote accessibility for children with disabilities in the community by identifying and addressing existing and potential barriers to access (architectural, attitudinal, etc.) Transport individuals, as assigned, for community based activities.

OTHER DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES: All other job related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EXPERIENCE and/or EDUCATION: Experience working with children with developmental disabilities is preferred. A high school diploma or general education degree (GED) is required.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Demonstrated ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, policies, and procedure manuals. He/she must be able to compose correspondences and communicate effectively before groups of individual or agency employees.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form. Ability to handle problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record is required to operate agency vehicles. Must be able to successful complete First Aid and CPR certification classes.

OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: Acceptable criminal record.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear and read, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects and people, and reach with hands and arms. The employee will sit, stand, walk and possibly stoop, kneel or crouch while performing the duties of this job. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

HOPe operates smoke-free facilities. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, occasionally loud. Due to the unpredictable, inappropriate, social and physical behavior of the children HOPe serves, an employee may be exposed to offensive language and body expressions. An employee needs to cope in a positive manner with a work environment that may be suddenly stressful at times.