How To Find A Job Taking Care Of Special Needs Adults

Many people don't know that you can build an entire career out of the care for handicapped individuals. These tips teach you how to find a job taking care of special needs adults.

In most every community live special needs adults. Some of them are mildly handicapped and others need much care. For some of these adults their families are non-existent, their parents are deceased or the person simply needs more care than is available at home. Careers can be made from taking care of these individuals who sometimes require housing, transportation to and from work, volunteers to take them on outings and assistance with daily living.

In many towns programs exist to help these individuals lead as normal a life as possible while protecting them at the same time. Some of the individuals have violent tendencies on occasion or have been known to hurt themselves. For these people the law states that they deserve a home, the opportunity to work and the right to participate in the community. Government programs allow the funding for assisting these individuals in every aspect from paying their living expenses to allotting round-the-clock helpers.

Group homes house most of the individuals who no longer live at home. The group homes provide a private bedroom for each individual who lives there and for those who assist. Kitchen, dining areas and bathrooms are usually shared amongst the dwellers but some rooms have a private bath.



For those who are considered a danger to themselves or others program funds allow for the individual to have a private home. The home is monitored by three shifts. The amount of people on each shift is usually determined by the person's caseworker. In most cases one or two people will take care of the individual for each shift. These workers are usually required to have certain credentials. Knowledge of CPR, driver's license, planning abilities and even how to get the person under control should they attack. Classes are taught for techniques to do so without harm coming to anyone involved.

The workers are usually required to help the individual plan meals, decide on daily or weekly outings, schedule appointments and even accompany the individual at all times. Night workers are often allowed to sleep as long as there is an alarm system which signals the opening of the handicapped person's bedroom door.

Mental note-taking is important to keep track of what time medications are dispensed and other daily schedules. This is also helpful since certain things cause some handicapped individuals to get upset. For one person it might be the color purple, for another it could be any bug. When working with more than one person like this it's very important to keep track of who doesn't like what, which ones are allergic to certain things or what calms certain ones.

To find out about services you may be able to offer in your own community check with your local Department of Social Services. Or go online and find a list of the individual companies that are at work in your community to provide these services. Plan on having a background check run by the company to see if you've ever had charges of theft, physical abuse or substance abuse problems. Plan also on submitting to a drug test, showing a valid driver's license and providing references where you've taken care of individuals, handicapped or not. To increase your chances of receiving a job in this field complete CPR training and take a course on restraining uncooperative individuals.

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