Q&A

Q: Am I qualified to work at HomeLife, Inc.?

A: Minimum qualifications for employees include a high school diploma or equivalent, ability to pass the MI Workforce Background Check and a current driver’s license with a good driving record.  Applicants can select the link below to review the Michigan Workforce Background Check Program Legal Guide and to get more information about criminal offenses that may exclude them from employment.

http://www.lssu.edu/nursing/documents/LegalGuideforCriminalBackgroundChecks.pdf

Q: What duties will I be assigned if hired at HomeLife, Inc.?

A:  Direct Care Staff are responsible for providing compassionate care and supervision to the residents in the home to which they are assigned.  Six to twelve adults reside in each program.  A typical shift might include but is not limited to the following duties: Assisting with meal preparation, passing medications, assisting with personal care, conducting activities in the home and outings within the community, implementing behavioral intervention or therapeutic plans, and attending resident medical appointments.  Employees facilitate fun activities as well – from playing music to celebrating holidays and birthdays.  We recognize the importance of incorporating normalized fun activities in the lives of those we serve.  Employees with special interests, hobbies, or musical skills are encouraged to contribute to activity planning.

Q: Will I work at one program location?

A: HomeLife, Inc. has multiple programs all located in the Kalamazoo area.  Typically once hired, an employee is assigned to work at one program but could be assigned at other programs as needed.

Q: What and how many hours are available at HomeLife, Inc.?

A: A Direct Care Staff is typically hired with part-time status, or scheduled less than 32 hours per week.  Full time status, or scheduled 32 hours or more a week, is offered based on performance, availability and current program needs.  HomeLife, Inc. is flexible with scheduling as there are three shifts available each day of the week: 7am-3pm, 3-11pm, and 11pm-7am.  All shifts are typically eight hours in length.

Q: Will I have to assist residents with activities of daily living (ADLs)?

A: Yes, it is common for the individuals served to require assistance with personal hygiene tasks like oral care, showering/bathing, changing adult briefs, toileting, and shaving.   Other tasks may include helping individuals with room care, laundry, shopping, and cooking.  Everyday living experiences are typical and normal.  Also, outdoor and community activities are common – for example, attending a movie, playing basketball, visiting a park, or eating at a restaurant.

Q: What type of training does HomeLife, Inc. provide?

A: Once hired, HomeLife, Inc. provides paid classroom and on-the-job (OJT) trainings.  Some of these initial trainings are required to be completed within the first 30 days of employment.  Training is typically offered Monday-Friday, between the hours of 9:00 am-5:00 pm.  Employees receive training in areas such as Consumer Rights, Medications, Nutrition, Health, Safety, Crisis Intervention, Working with People, and CPR/First Aid to name a few.  Employee training at HomeLife, Inc. is extensive and continues even after classroom training. We use other approaches beyond the classroom to help you apply and integrate concepts and procedures effectively into everyday work.

Q: Does HomeLife, Inc offer any advanced trainings?

A: Yes.  HomeLife, Inc. offers Advanced Customer Service Training, Advanced Behavior Training, and Behavior Technician Training.  In addition, we offer courses in psychology, neurology, and behavior to help employees understand how illnesses and  disorders impact health and behavior.  These trainings not only increase employee knowledge, but also understanding and empathy for the challenges consumers face daily.  As part of our succession planning, HomeLife, Inc. offers supervisor, lead supervisor, and manager courses for those who aspire to higher levels of responsibility.

Q: How does HomeLife, Inc. recognize good performance?

A:  HomeLife, Inc. has several approaches to recognize employees for extra effort and outstanding performance.  Appreciation memos are used throughout the organization to recognize employees who make an extra effort or show reliable and dependable performance.  Commendation letters are awarded to those employees who demonstrate outstanding performance.  In addition, as you progress through training, you receive letters and certificates of accomplishment that document your efforts.

Q: Does HomeLife, Inc. have a dress code?

A: Yes.  Along with the individuals we serve, employees come into contact with family members, case workers, nurses, doctors, and others in the community.  We are caring professionals, so it is important that we not only conduct ourselves competently but also professionally.  Also, consumer and employee safety requires that employees avoid wearing certain clothing, footwear, and jewelry.

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