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Personal Care Attendant

Personal Care Attendant

Department:  HCBS

Status: Non-Exempt/Hourly. Part Time

Reports To: HH Manager


Position summary: Provides personal care and skilled services under the direction of the Consumer and within the guidelines of Colorado Springs Independence Center company policies and procedures.  The Home Health Attendant is hired and assigned to specific clients at the request of the Consumer with assistance from the Agency and performs services for clients as is necessary to maintain their personal comfort.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of the IHSS general training program, skills test, competency evaluation or the equivalent documentation
  • Current driver’s license, vehicle insurance, good driving record
  • CPR certification
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be able to safely lift at least 50 pounds
  • Must be skilled at complicated transfer techniques and any equipment used by consumer as pertains to consumer care

Essential Functions/Areas of Accountability:

  • Performs simple procedures under the direction, training and supervision of the consumer, while following all policies and procedures including but not limited to the following:
    1. Range of motion exercises
    2. Bowel program/Digital stimulation
    3. Urinary catheter care
    4. Wound care per client instruction
  • Performs personal care activities, including but not limited to the following:
    1. Bathing, bed bath/tub, bath/shower
    2. Shampooing
    3. Skin care/nail care
    4. Oral hygiene
    5. Shaving
    6. Dressing
  • Performs household services essential to home health care, as directed by the consumer but not limited to the following:
    1. Meal preparation/feeding
    2. Laundry duties
    3. Light housekeeping
  • Assists with medications per consumer direction
  • Provide protective oversight
  • Report any observed or reported changes in the client’s condition and/or needs to the consumer and to the HCBS coordinator.
  • Documents care provided and completes the forms required for the client’s records.
  • Turn in all time sheets before 10:00 am every Monday.
  • Records accurate time in/out, using telephony system, for every visit.
  • Promote personal safety and a safe environment for consumers by observing infection control practices.
  • Demonstrates safe practice in the use of all necessary equipment prior to use in the client’s home. Uses lift equipment provided in the home according to the instructions in the POC.
  • Communicates effectively with all members of the interdisciplinary team through verbal reports. Participates in staff meetings, in services and team conferences as requested and required.
  • Maintains confidentiality and follows HIPAA guidelines in all aspects of the position.
  • Participates in in required in service programs to meet compliance requirements. Notifies learning needs to the agency.
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Self-motivated and flexible
  • Possess decision making and problem solving skills
  • Maintains confidentiality in all areas
  • Sound interpersonal skills
  • Good documentation and computer skills
  • Attention to detail and good observation skills

Physical/Environmental Requirements:

  • Home health environment, must be able to life at least 50 lbs. frequently
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to empower the qualified candidate with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.

This position may also require the performance of other duties as assigned.

We are hiring great people to join our Home Healthcare Team!  Preferred candidates must be flexible to work between 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM daily with the ability to accept multiple visits per day in various locations.  Includes work every other weekend.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITYThe Independence Center is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity.  We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of age 40 and over, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, military status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable state or local law. Reasonable accommodations may be made to empower a qualified candidate with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Blind Athlete Hits Home Run With Beep Baseball

Consumer Mike Jackson poses with his mother


Mike Jackson and Vicky Norwood

First impression of Mike Jackson is that he is athletic. Second glance sees the white cane in his hand. Mike is an athlete who played semi-pro basketball and football prior to the loss of his sight three years ago. Within weeks of connecting with The IC as he came to terms with his blindness, staff and peers recruited Mike to play his first game of recreational beep baseball. Fast forward three years and Mike has just returned from helping the Colorado Storm team take home 6th place in the Beep Baseball World Series.

“It was exciting to see thousands of visually impaired athletes playing a sport as if we were normal athletes,” says Mike. “They actually looked at me as a person with special abilities instead of a person without [certain] abilities.” Being seen again as an athlete instead of a blind person is “what I learned from The Independence Center—that there’s more to life than just being disabled.”

Mike is now bringing the game to children at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. Beep baseball enables them to experience team sport. He figures they are learning, “if I can get through this, my teammate can get through this. Other people can get through this. . . . Those kids should never feel that their life is over because they have one disability. That’s what my whole purpose is [in coaching].” ~ JT

CEO Corner

Photo of Patricia Yeager, CEO

Patricia Yeager, Ph.D., CEO

StaffSupportAs I write this we are basking in the afterglow of our celebration luncheon of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act here in Colorado Springs.

October marks my four-year anniversary as CEO at The Independence Center. Looking back to four years ago at the lack of accessibility or awareness of the ADA, it was a little discouraging then. It was obvious there was a lot of work to be done in the Pikes Peak area.

As I set about changing the course of the Center, people began to join us. Today, we have a wonderful staff and building dedicated to working with others to create choice and independence. We also have several thriving community groups working together to create change in transit, housing and our local government’s response to the ADA.

Working together is the key concept here. All of us must sit, stand or lie (or however you show up in the world) in solidarity. When we focus our energies together on a change we want to make and stick to it, there is nothing we cannot change. Even in the Pikes Peak area.

We had 300 people attend the ADA luncheon celebration. People with disabilities were there. Local government officials, state legislators and other policy makers were there. I believe their eyes were opened to the reality that a new political power base is forming here in the Springs—a crossdisability power base. Not just those who are blind or deaf or have a physical or mental disability but all of us together showed up and sat together. With numbers like this and the law on our side, developers and policy makers are going to have to pay attention. They are going to have to obey the law as we hold them accountable.

It is up to us to use our organizing and systems change advocacy tools wisely. I’m looking forward to another four years of doing just that with all of you here at The Independence Center. ~ PY

Read about our ADA Celebration Award winners!

Disaster Training for American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters in Preparation for Wildfire Season

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Thirty-five American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters attended an Emergency Training Workshop on March 13th-14th. Interpreters were exposed to the federal incident command system and gained knowledge on how they can integrate into, and aid in communication with, people who are deaf during a public emergency. The Independence Center, an Independent Living Center for people with disabilities, decided to host this workshop after seeing a need for the coordination of interpreters. The training is an opportunity to kick off a statewide project to formalize a network of interpreters, and how they will be implemented, during future disasters.

The training is the first step in a multi-series project to prepare interpreters for their role during disasters. Nick DeSutter, Emergency Program Manager for The Independence Center and project administrator, said “It is important for communities to think about the various ways in which to communicate with diverse populations of people during a disaster. We are truly excited that the Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, partnered with us to fund this event.”

The workshop offered ASL Interpreters continuing education credits and was held at the El Paso County Emergency Operations Center. Naomi McCown, Staff Interpreter for The Independence Center and lead workshop coordinator said, “It is really awesome to see such a wide participation from colleagues across the state. This training is a great example as to how various organizations like the Independence Center, Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and El Paso County work together to prepare for threats that face our communities. This sort of inter-organizational training is important not only for people who are deaf and hard of hearing but also for a wide range of people with various disabilities.”

The IC Fund: Local Nonprofit is Giving Back to Other Nonprofits

The Independence Center (The IC) is offering $75,000 to local nonprofits who are providing new programming that will benefit people with disabilities. This is the second year The IC will be offering these grants. In 2014, Amblicab, Blue Star Recycler, El Paso County Parks, Lake George Community Park, and Colorado Veterans Resource Coalition received over $75,000 in grant monies.

To apply, a letter of inquiry is needed by June 12th. Final awards will be distributed September 30th. Instructions can be found on The IC’s website at or through emailing

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