Behavioral Aide Acute, AM
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Mobile, AL 36607
The Children’s Residential Services Program serves children and adolescents ages 5 to 18 years of age who are experiencing severe emotional or behavioral disturbance. These children have failed to respond successfully to multiple less restrictive treatment interventions. BayPointe offers a caring, structured environment and developmentally appropriate therapeutic services for each child 24 hours a day.
The program provides support to families or caregivers that helps maintain, enhance, or develop attachment with their child/adolescent during treatment and throughout the discharge process. Children and adolescents diagnosed with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders receive care in a special mental illness-substance abuse service track. The consumers, families, caregivers, school system personnel, DHR workers, and others as appropriate, are directly involved in the consumer’s treatment and discharge planning.
The goal is to improve each child’s or adolescent’s level of functioning and to discharge to a less restrictive treatment setting. The program primarily serves residents of south Alabama; however, the program considers referrals from across the state.
Behavioral Aides in the hospital setting are responsible for providing basic observation and monitoring of consumer(s) on assigned unit, monitors consumers behavior daily and communicates changes and/or patterns in behavior to the clinical staff, demonstrates ability to deescalate a crisis situation through use of mindset principles while effectively communicating with other staff members.
+ Provides ongoing monitoring and interaction with consumers
+ Assists and supports education professionals
+ Ensures unit schedule is followed
+ Provides daily assessment of consumers’ behavior and routinely documents assessment per policy and standards
+ Assists consumers with maintaining proper personal care and hygiene tasks. This may include the following: bathing, toileting, chores, medical appointments, medication use issues, outings, recreational activities and safety issues.
+ Provides training on basic living skills (BLS) according to consumers’ treatment plans and goals individually or in group setting
+ Responds to crisis situations throughout facility using proper MindSet interventions
+ Applies seclusion and restraint per AltaPointe policy and procedure
+ Ensures units remain neat, tidy and in good operating condition. Encourages consumers to support the effort.
+ Effectively collaborates with the treatment team members
+ Demonstrates willingness to work on any unit at BayPointe or EastPointe based on facility needs as directed
+ Demonstrates the ability to recognize the elements of a crisis state and knows how to deescalate or resolve the situation
+ Models appropriate behavior including but not limited to communication skills, grooming, manners, etc.
+ Documents in a timely fashion per AltaPointe policy
+ Documents in a clear and concise manner the types of consumers’ problems, daily progress notes, progress on BLSs, treatment goals addressed, and services provided
+ Documents legibly
+ Treats consumers with care, dignity and compassion
+ Respects consumers’ privacy and confidentiality
+ Is pleasant and cooperative with others
+ Assists consumers and visitors as needed
+ Personal values don’t inhibit ability to relate and care for others
+ Is sensitive to the consumers’ needs, expectations and individual differences
+ Is gentle and calm with consumers and families
This position is a “self-scheduling” position. Employees choose their preferred shifts 3-6 weeks in advance based on the availability of opportunities to work in their location or approved alternate locations. Full time employees are required to work 3, 12 hour shifts (7:00 to 7:30) per week including some weekend shifts; Part Time are 1-2 shifts per week depending on the location/job; and PRN (as needed) are required to work about 1 time or more per month and other shifts. The preferred shifts are a guide for the supervisors to build the schedule around the employees’ preferences, and generally are very similar to the finalized schedule. The preferred shifts are not guaranteed and the schedule could change at any time based on the needs in the facility.
Also, on occasion overtime may be required and scheduled in advance.
Must maintain a valid Alabama driver license, be 22 years of age or older, have proof of current liability insurance and meet our driving record requirements throughout employment.
Must have a high school diploma or GED.
+ There is frequent standing, sitting, and walking which are in bursts of 5 to 10 minutes. However, there are times when this can be extended to pacing with the consumer (time could be undetermined), and at times sitting and standing can be extended with the employee having the ability to change positions as permitted by the observance and behavior of the consumer at that time.
+ There is occasional forward bending from the hips while kneeling to reach to the side.
+ There is an occasional need to be able to assume a full squat/lunge from a standing position.
+ There is an occasional need to maintain back extension while being on stomach with one’s own body weight on hips and legs. This position is maintained for several minutes.
+ Occasionally, be able to put one’s own body weight on one knee and one elbow on the same side of one’s body.
+ Occasionally, be able to kneel and reach to same side toward the floor.
+ Lift up to 10 pounds from the floor to various levels, including from the floor to overhead occasionally during shift.
+ Have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds to assist in Activities of Daily Living, as required. Be able to lift up to 50 pounds from floor to waist.
+ Strong grasp is needed to use keys to open doors throughout the facility, and to maintain constant contact with a consumer during a restraint procedure or with other hold techniques.
+ Pushing/pulling force up to 25 pounds occasionally during shift.
+ There are times that require the employee to be able to ambulate as quickly as possible to assist coworkers with a consumer in a restraint procedure. (Example: jog/run up to 0.1 mi).
+ At times therapy may be inside or outside the facility; therefore, some activities will dictate physical requirements for playing or games
Shift/Hours (ex: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30): 7:00 AM- 7:30 PM
External Company Name: AltaPointe Health Systems
External Company URL: http://altapointe.org/