Residential Specialist

Macon Resources, Inc.

Decatur, IL

Job Details

Job Location:    Macon Resources, Inc. - Decatur, IL
Salary Range:    $18.00 - $18.00 Hourly


  1. Provides support to DSPs in the home to ensure they are successful in their role.
    1. Attending monthly CILA leadership development/mentoring
    2. Provides orientation to new staff and on-going staff training
    3. Responsible for staff scheduling in the assigned home
  2. While displaying appropriate role model behavior, encourages independence and self-directed decision-making skills, trains and provides assistance according to the individual wants and needs.
    1. Performs meal planning and makes grocery orders. Completes meal preparation with consideration to dietary constraints; adheres to all sanitation rules; presents the meal in a palatable, family style manner; supervises dining experience; completes clean up.
    2. Ensuring person served are seen by healthcare professionals when needed and according to state guidelines.
    3. Support and assist individuals in activities of daily living.
    4. Implement desired outcomes and document progress.
    5. Assist with completion of individuals annual or as needed assessments.
    6. Participate in meetings and staffings as requested.
    7. Plans and implements social/recreational activities.

3. Oversees the essential function of care and maintenance of the assigned home.

  1. Learn and keep up with state guidelines and ensure home is regulatory ready.
  2. Oversee vehicle maintenance.
  3. Oversee home maintenance by ensuring maintenance requests are submitted.
  4. Clean facility in order to maintain a safe homelike environment.
  5. Perform other duties as requested by supervisor.
  6. Reports non-routine housekeeping/maintenance needs in a timely manner to supervisor.

4. Actively participates in program planning as a member of the CST, including ongoing communication, formal and informal assessment and programming recommendations.

5. Documents in understandable, legible writing data/information pertaining to each individual's written ISP; can obtain this information through interaction with and observation of the individual; can document significant events/occurrence utilizing chronological notes, Accident/Incident Reports and Behavioral Incident Reports; will inform supervisor in a timely manner of any unusual incidents.

6. Administers healthcare programs and instructions as ordered by the physician; documents healthcare needs, issues and/or results; advocates healthy lifestyle choices; refers all medication-related issues/ needs to authorized staff in a timely manner.

7. Intervenes in crisis situations as necessary to prevent physical or emotional injury to individuals served or others.


  1. Education HS/GED is required. One year of DSP experience is required.
  2. Demonstrates functional 8th grade literacy through standardized exam.
  3. Obtain and maintain standing as an Authorized Direct Care staff for medication administration.
  4. Complete Direct Support Person training in accordance with state regulations and maintain status on the Habilitation Aid Registry.
  5. Must be able to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
  6. Must have a phone or the means to be contacted easily outside of work hours.
  7. Must demonstrate the ability to adhere to the Safety Policies and Procedures of Macon Resources, Inc.
  8. Must be able to pass and maintain Illinois State Background Check and the Health Care Workers Registry.
  9. Must have or be able to obtain first aid and CPR certification within 30 days of employment and maintain certification throughout employment.
  10. Must have reliable transportation to conduct agency business and/or transport individuals served as needed; must maintain a valid Illinois Driver's License and a good Motor Vehicle Record; and must maintain personal auto insurance with minimum coverage of Bodily Injury-Liability per person of $100,000 and Liability per accident of $300,000, Property Liability of $100,000; Medical payments of $5,000; and Uninsured/ Underinsured Person of $100,000 and Accident of $300,000
  11. Must be able to meet the following physical capabilities:
  • Lift and carry 50 pounds; able to assist in lifting and/or transferring an individual who is non-ambulatory from sitting to standing; standing to lying; back to sitting from all positions.
  • Full range of mobility: pull, pull, turn, stoop, kneel, reach, bend.
  • Dependable vision, having visual acuity far and near and normal field of vision.
  • Remain on feet for a minimum of two (2) hours at a time.
  • Adequate hearing and/or functional accommodation.
  • The employee must be able to assist in the evacuation of residents in emergency situations. The employee must possess emotional stability; deal with stressful situations on a regular basis and the ability to deal with illness, death and dying.