Here’s what we’re looking for from ACR Employees
- A positive “team player” attitude
- Responsibility, punctuality
- Good judgment and attention to detail
- Flexibility and creative problem solving skills
- A willingness to listen and learn
- Stress tolerance: be ready for fast-paced shifts that require focus and multitasking
- Part-time requires a minimum of 10 shifts/month (2-3 shifts/week) and full-time requires a minimum of 38 hours/week
- We ask for a 6-month commitment of relationship to the residents you support
How ACR Employees see their work
At its core ACR is about people. We serve people with disabilities and to provide those services, we need kind, smart, joyful people to work with them.
~Ryan McLaughlin, Senior Residential Supervisor
Becoming a direct care professional with ACR Homes was honestly the BEST decision I have ever made. I was not only able to work and accumulate over 2400 hours of health care experience, but also discovered who I am, what gives me the most personal and professional fulfillment, and where I want to go with my next major step in life.
I feel like I am making a huge impact and difference in the residents’ lives at ACR!
~Renae Sloth, RN
I love telling people about how great my job is at ACR, not just because I’m paid to better the lives of others, but because my fellow ACR staff and leaders are concerned about my well-being.
In my work at ACR I’ve developed into a leader who can efficiently and effectively communicate with physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses and hospital staff so that my residents receive the best possible care.
The most important thing I learned with ACR Homes is how to respect every person no matter what.
[Residents of ACR] turned me from a scared 18 year old design student into a confident advocate for the special needs community.
I’m not telling you it’s easy, but I am telling you it’s definitely worth it.
Q. What does “ACR” stand for?
A. ACR stands for Acceptance, Communication and Respect which are the key concepts behind ACR’s philosophy of care. This philosophy of care requires a consistency of staffing to understand and support the unique needs of each resident. Direct care professionals at ACR are typically assigned to a group home where they become part of a team to provide consistent ongoing care for the residents in that home who typically require 24-hour care 7 days a week.
Q. What does a DCP (direct care professional) do?
A. DCPs perform tasks that assist residents in their daily lives. This can vary from home-to-home. In some of our homes that support individuals who are higher-functioning staff provide direction and support as well as therapeutic behavior management. In our homes that support individuals who are more medically-fragile, care can range from total-care to some assistance.
Q. How long are shifts? How much is required for part-time?
A. Most shifts are 8 hours long. We ask part-time staff to aim for a minimum of 10 shifts per month (2 to 3 shifts per week.)
Q. Can I work less than that?
A. No-not until you have at least 9 months of experience. Many of the people ACR supports have complex conditions and unique communication styles–it takes consistent work to pick up on the specific needs and routines of the people you are supporting. The residents look forward to working with familiar, experienced staff!
Q. What does “10 shifts per month” look like? I need to work around my class schedule.
A. Some weeks you might work 2 shifts, other weeks 3 shifts. Your supervisor will work with you to come up with a schedule that works within these requirements. We need to meet the needs of the people we support, but we also understand that many staff are students with a fixed class schedule that they need to work around.
Q. I can’t work weekends/Sunday mornings due to other obligations. Can I still work for ACR?
A. ACR provides services 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. We expect all direct care professional staff to pitch in and take a share of weekend shifts so that shifts are covered.
Q. I’m going to be gone for Thanksgiving and from Christmas through New Year’s. Is that a problem?
A. Yes. Holidays are a very important time for residents and our staff are an important part of making sure residents have the chance to celebrate. We expect all staff to be team players and pull their fair share of holiday shifts. If someone cannot work one holiday, we expect they will help out during other holidays.
Q. Why do I need a vehicle?
A. Our staff facilitate resident outings including trips to events, errands, and medical appointments. While most homes have a vehicle available for transporting residents, we often have more than one resident who needs transportation at the same time. For U of M and UWRF students, there may be options for using ACR’s Employee Transportation Program.
Q. What is ACR’s dress policy?
A. We don’t require staff to wear scrubs. We do expect staff to wear clothing that will be comfortable for staff-resident interactions while still professional looking. Staff receive more details on the dress policy in their initial training.