IFS JOB DESCRIPTION INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY SUPPORT (IFS) IFS – DAY COMPANION AND IFS – NIGHT COMPANION Individual and Family Support (IFS is a direct support and assistance service provider in the home or the community that allows the recipient to achieve and/or maintain increased independence, productivity, enhance family functioning and inclusion in the community, or for the relief of the primary caregiver. REQUIREMENTS 1. All applicants must be al least 18 years of age. 2. All applicants must have 3 work-related references. 3. All applicants must have 3 personal references. 4. All applicants must have a valid (current) driver’s license. 5. All applicants, with access to a vehicle, must have liability insurance in their name on that vehicle. 6. All applicants, with access to a vehicle, must have a vehicle in safe operating condition as determined by a current inspection sticker. 7. All applicants must possess a high school diploma, GED, or have two years of verifiable work experience in providing support to individuals with disabilities. IFS – DAY (IFS-D) services are provided during waking hours when natural supports are unavailable in order to provide continuity of services for the recipient. IFS – NIGHT (IFS-N) services include direct support and assistance provided for the recipient during sleeping hours. Night hours are utilized when the recipient is asleep and there is a reduced frequency and intensity of required assistance. The IFS-N staff must be immediately available in the same residence and able to respond to the recipient if necessary. IFS-D AND IFS-N IFS-D and IFS-N services may be shared by related waiver recipients who live together or up to three unrelated waiver recipients who live together. Recipients may share IFS services staff when agreed to by the recipients and the health, safety, and welfare of each individual can be assured. IFS-D AND IFS-N SERVICES INCLUDE: 1. Prompting and/or assisting with the following client-specific Activities of Daily Living: a. Personal hygiene. b. Dress. c. Bathing. d. Grooming. e. Eating. f. Toileting. g. Ambulation or transfers. h. Other personal care and behavioral support needs. i. Any medical task that can be delegated. 2. Assisting and/or teaching in the performance of client-specific tasks related to maintaining a safe, healthy, and stable home, such as: a. Housekeeping. b. Laundry. c. Cooking. d. Evacuating the home in emergency situations. e. Shopping. f. Money management. 3. Personal support and assistance in participation in community, health, and leisure activities. 4. Support and assistance in developing relationships with neighbors and others in the community and in strengthening existing informal social networks and natural support. 5. Enabling and promoting individualized community supports targeted toward inclusion into meaningful integrated experiences. 6. Providing orientation and information on acute hospital nursing staff concerning the recipient’s specific Activities of Daily Living (ADL), communication, positioning, and behavioral needs. 7. The following exclusions apply to IFS services: a. A legally responsible relative may not be an IFS worker. A legally responsible relative is defined as the parent of a minor child, foster parent, curator, tutor, legal guardian, or the recipient’s spouse. b. IFS services cannot be provided in the home of staff members, regardless of the relationship, unless the worker’s residence is a certified foster care home. 8. The following staffing criteria and limitations apply to IFS services: a. IFS services may be provided by a member of the recipient’s family if the recipient does not live in the relative’s home and the family member is not the legally responsible relative. b. An IFS staff member, individual support or shared support, will not work more than 16 hours in a 24 hours period unless there is a documented emergency or a time-limited, non-routine need that is approved by the BCSS as part of the Comprehensive Plan of Care.
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