I work in a group home, the staff members that I work with are the absolute BEST! Area management is helpful.
Support from management
I have ALWAYS been supported by my supervisor, and the supervisors above him.
Because we each work pretty independently, we have to communicate well and openly interact very honestly and directly! Our supervisor is VERY encouraging about everyone voicing their concerns and issues, and finding ways to work out any problems together.
Freedom to work independently
There is only one staff on each shift, so we all operate very independently!
My direct supervisor works also works direct care in the home and is ALWAYS very supportive, willing to listen and makes time to discuss whatever with the staff.
In our home we have two female and two male staff members and we can all fill in for each other if needed. There are many more women in management positions than there are male.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Everyone has equal opportunities in our company, regardless of age or sex.
There are lots of growth opportunities for all staff. You can go as far as you want to in this company. They are VERY good with making sure that you have the training abvailable to you to support your growth.
Overall compensation for your work
No one in this industry is paid enough for what we do. We are caring for people, and you can go to a fast food restaurant and make $3 more an hour starting than I make here after three years! That is just wrong!! Taking care of people, personal cares, cooking, feeding, showers, haircuts, nail cares, medication management and administration, cleaning, shopping, entertaining, one-on-one attention and care. These people would be languishing in nursing homes if not for us.
Office / Work Environment
I work in a group home, an actual house, which has all the normal environment. And we can control and change our environment to suit our needs.
We have recycling bins, and we have recycling in our city, not all staff is as conscious about getting recyclables into the bins as opposed to just throwing everything in the trash.
With only four staff running our house, sometimes there's more work needs that throw out personal life balance.
I am VERY proud of the work we do!
My supervisor is VERY encouraging about my job stability. The company is chronically understaffed.
We have wheelchair ramps at both doors, we have grab bars in bathrooms situated where they do the most good. We work with handicapped individuals, so the home is appropriately equipped for them.
We have appropriate, ongoing, training in safety issues and matters.
In the group home we care for four men with mental and/or physical disabilities. Different diagnoses, personalities, mental capabilities keeps things very challenging!
Inclusive / Diverse
Everyone has equal abilities and time to discuss thoughts and ideas and opinions. Each person is listened to equally and we all discuss things and come up with the best decisions, etc. based upon using everyone's input.
Suggestions for improvement
- I really don't have any suggestions about this. The only things I would really change are sick pay and vacation pay for part-timers. It would be nice to be able to ask to get things and actually be listened to. Example: We need a new washer and dryer, getting a new set of front-loading machines would be ideal and... with that we would be able to make changes to the laundry room, the way dirty laundry is collected, it would be easier physically to do the laundry (we have staff from 6'7" to 5'2" in height!), and we would be able to free up a closet for cleaning supplies! What are we getting?... a new washing machine... nothing changes, except that it will be easier for staff to load and unload. I'd like to be able to have more input into environment changes, getting paint and floor covering changes that would make the clients feel like they are being listened to when they complain or ask for changes. and making things look fresher, more aesthetically pleasing. It would be nice if there would be opportunities for the clients to have spiritual things... have a clergy person come in once a month on a rotating basis to include each clients religion (catholic priest, lutheran pastor, presbyterian minister, etc., like that). Have two staff on the day and evening shifts on the weekends so that one could take clients out to eat, or to the movies, or something and the other staff could stay at the residence with the other clients. Afford more one-on-one time with each client.
What I like about the company
My co-workers are AWESOME people! Our group home has NEVER had a substitute fill in a shift! We cover all the shifts when someone is sick, has surgery, goes on vacation, whatever. Our clients don't ever have to deal with staff that they don't know who (more importantly!) don't know them and their routines. We have excellent training when hired PRIOR to working in the group homes. We have continuing training at monthly house staff meetings. We are absolutely supported in all that we do. My supervisor, and the management staff above him, are VERY appreciative of us and VERY generous with their praise! They make me feel very special, very appreciated, and very valued as part of the team!! Available opportunities for advancement are pointed out. Any problems or suggestions that I bring to my supervisor are actively listened to and considered. Ideas and suggestions are discussed openly and implemented as appropriate. I feel VERY appreciated both as a person AND as a team member! This is what I call a "HEART JOB", everyday I go home knowing that I made a difference to someone, both clients and staff! What more could you ask for?!?!
What I dislike about the company
The wages are VERY poor. Part-time staff should be given sick pay!! It would be really nice if part-time staff could accrue vacation time based on the hours they work, presently there is none. Part time staff really have NO benefits available to them. I don't expect medical, dental, life insurance, etc., but vacation pay and ESPECIALLY sick pay would be absolutely appreciated!!