habilitation specialist 1 resume example with 20+ years of experience

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Energetic, motivated Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant / Habilitation Specialist 1 with highly organized nature and skills in balancing needs of clients in both personal and professional capacities. Observant C.O.T.A. / Habilitation Specialist 1 with 30+ years of experience providing heartfelt care to residents /patients / individuals . Certified in Occupational Therapy as a C.O.T.A. Compassionate and service-oriented individual. Accurate, assertive and adaptable Personal Assistant effective at multitasking in challenging situations. Committed to meeting critical deadlines. Ready to provide indispensable aid in completing unforeseen events to provide he best outcome possible. Accommodating and respectful professional with over 30+ years of hands-on experience providing companionship and emotional support to patients/residents and individuals. Proficient in documenting vital statistics and required documentation. . Friendly professional commended as physically strong, patient individual with calm demeanor. In-depth understanding of medical terminology, medical modalities and equipment operations, including Microsoft 365. Committed to providing top-notch care to disabled, impaired and chronically ill individuals. Hardworking and reliable C.O.T.A. / Habilitation Specialist with strong ability in learning new tasks and _____________________[Task]. Offering ability to teach others by setting an example and by explanation(s)[Skill], ______________[Skill] and __________________[Skill]. Highly organized, proactive and punctual with team-oriented mentality.

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Habilitation Specialist 1, 04/2016 - Current
State Of New York Salamanca, NY,
  • North Road Day Hab - 10714 North Road Perrysburg, NY 14129. Supervisiors: Dawn Baker, Shawna Evanczik-Olrogg and currently: Diane Patterson
  • Provides habilitation services to assisgned persons with interllectual and other developmental disabilities in a manner reflecting the stated values of OPWDD: Compassion, Dignity, Diversity. Excellence, and Honesty.
  • Works with individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Dual Diagnosis to assist them in learning new skills to better help them by gaining independence and enriching their lives.
  • Provides assessment, training, and assistance to individuals to develop skills promoting independence in classroom and alternate settings.
  • Writes a yearly functional assessment of habilitation goals along with a six month review. Develops written training plans based on results from review of progress notes in set review period. Reviews Habilitation plan with individual/ family and multidisaplinary team.
  • Maintains legal records on said plans. This includes ensuring service delivery compliance, data collection forms, monthly summary notes, daily EHR notes, and billing documentation.
  • Ensures respectful relationships among persons served and among staff.
  • Instructs, guides and supervises staff in program area who are responsible for employing proper strategies with the individuals that are consistent with their habilitation plans, while providing clinical guidance.
  • Assist and participated in habilitation groups including but not limited to : Spa Day, Card Making Group, Self Advocacy, numerous Holiday parties, Summer event, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Demonstrates good time and attendance per policy.
  • Completed mandatory training as required.
  • Performs tasks as assigned by supervisor.
  • Assists in smooth observation of daily routines.
  • Transport non-medical individuals to community activities as needed. Drive/ operate w/c vans/lifts.
  • First Aide/CPR Certified, Promote Certified
  • CAPA clearance
  • Provide individuals with appropriate level of supervision throughout the day at dayhab, based on their needs (Personal Safeguard Summary)
COTA2 - Article 16, 02/2012 - 02/2016
Ftmc Norwalk, OH,
  • Little Valley Dayhab - Art- 16 - 501 Fair Oak Littley Valley, NY ________. Primary Supervisior: Tamera Latina with Other OTR Supervision depeneding upon facility working in: Cathy Reville, Paul ________, Lisa Whipple
  • Worked with interdisciplinary teams to provide comprehensive treatment and support.
  • Responsible for and assists L/OTR with planning, developing, and carrying out of Occupational Therapy Treatment sessions as ordered.
  • Writes observations of individual's behavior and progress in progress notes after each session provided.
  • Maintained computerized daily attendance records.
  • Writes quarterly splint and helmet monitors, annual recommendation reports along with annual service summaries.
  • Use computer for sending emails, keeping paperwork, finding new information/ideas to use with individuals for improved involvement during sessions and training.
  • Provided Quarterly Helmet and Splint monitors. Ordering of needed equipment through Vendors.
  • Provide to staff (at Dayhab and Home Staff) regarding splint use, helmet use, and range of motion.
  • Assist Chief OT with Seating and Positioning Clinic as able/needed.
  • Assist at a variety of locations for benefit of OT Department. Worked at 3 different Dayhabs , Seating and positioning Clinic and Main Office.
  • Traveled to home(s) to provide services and training as ordered/needed.
  • Managed caseload of multiple sessions weekly using various types of therapies and approaches while working alone or with other Therapy personnel.
  • Assisted with Departmental in-service programs.
  • Provided emotional support to the individual(s) with cognitive and physical limitations using therapeutic techniques.
COTA2, 04/2010 - 02/2012
Amita Health Saint Charles, MO,
  • North Road Day Hab - 10714 North Road Perrysburg, NY 14129 Supervisors: Steve Murphy, Lisa Weisedel and Dawn Baker
  • Refer to Habilitation Specialist 1 on this resume. All the same job duties/expectations just different title.
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, 04/1991 - 04/2011
Common Ground Flint, MI,
  • 5775 Maelou Drive, Hamburg, NY 14075 XXX-648-2820 Supervisior: Director of Occupational Therapy - Rachael James
  • Responsible for and assisted the Director of Occupational Therapy and Department OTR's with planning, developing, and carrying out of Occupational Therapy Treatments.
  • Helped to create group therapy programs which were mentally and physically stimulating to residents/ patients; prepared and presented individual and group projects appropriate for the confused, blind, deaf, and phyicqally handicapped.
  • Wrote observations of patient's / residents behavior and progress in progress notes.
  • Maintained computerized daily attendance records and other Departmental reports.
  • Assisted in the training and supervision of the Occupational Therapy Aides and COTA students assigned to the facility for clinical experience.
  • Attended Patient / Resident Care Plan and Family / Discharge Planning meetings on behalf of Occupational Therapy Dept.
  • Worked closely with Physical Therapy to maximize Therapy potential for maximum level of independence and comfort in abilities at discharge.
  • Assisted with Departmental In-Service Programs.
  • Completed MDS and assessments as required.
  • Inventoried supplies; assisted with keeping area in good order and daily sanitation of equipment.
  • Generated and developed ideas, which improve the quality of care for patients / residents or increase job productivity and satisfaction.
  • Trained in Functional Independence Measure and Mini-Mental Assessment.
  • Provided family / care giver training, support and education as needed. Lots of resources shared via pamphlets and community connections.
  • Responsible for proper w/c and geri-chair positioning for optimal care. Responsible for daily caseload up-to 15 patients daily plus 1 hour of group treatment session.
  • Responsible for adapting various objects for patient's / resident's.
  • Responsible for assessing and addressing decreased balance, endurance and strength.
  • Responsible for splinting as indicated.
  • Instructed and assessed ADL's, Kitchen, Tub, Shower, Household Skills, EC/WS Techniques, Total Hip Precautions, Safety, and cognition. Provided adaptive equipment training.
  • Feeding assessments and recommendations for adaptive eating equipment/seating needs
  • First Aide/CPR Certified.
Director of Activities, 04/1992 - 04/1997
Lurtheran Church Home Of Buffalo City, STATE,
  • Lutheran Church Home of Buffalo (ACF) 217 East Delevan, Buffalo, New York 14208 - No longer in business. Supervisor was Carolyn Garardi, Administrator Phone number was XXX-882-1231
  • Scheduled and coordinated /executed events and activities of functional Individual and Group activities. Responsible for 69 Residents.
  • Engaged residents in cultural, spiritual, physical, social and intellectual activities.
  • Created a published, monthly calender of events.
  • Contributed to a column to Lutheran Church Home monthly newsletter.
  • Responsible for the environmental enhancement of the entire facility for the holidays, special events and community e3vents.
  • Promoted family involvement through development of specialized programs.
  • Honored with the Special Service Award in 1995 for "Salute to Our Stars", a program that involved residents and their families.
  • Responsible for supervision of activity personnel and students.
  • Responsible for transporting/supervising residents in company van to various community settings.
  • Filled in as needed in other positions.
Diect Care Aide, 04/1989 - 04/1991
Lutheran Service Society City, STATE,
  • Lutheran Service Society, Litchfield IRA Depew, NY - No longer open Supervisor: Bill Smith
  • Observed and reported changes in clients' physical condition and behavior.
  • Supervised various aged mentally handicapped and dually diagnosed individuals with psychiatric disorders in home and community based settings.
  • Recorded statistic and daily narrative of clients regarding activities, behaviors and progress.
  • Implemented basic skills, activities of daily living and hygiene programs.
  • Developed and implemented craft group sessions.
  • Used Behavioral Modification Techniques.
  • Medication Certified.
  • Transported using Group Home van with individuals.
Residential Aide, 04/1988 - 12/1988
U.C.P.A. Of WNY, INC Day Hab Program City, STATE,
  • U.C.P.A of WNY, INC Dayhab Program - Rossler - Cheektowaga, NY - Facility no longer exits. Contact Aspire of WNY
  • Assisted in the implementation of work tasks, basic skills, and hygiene programs
  • Supervised eating groups and assisted with hygiene of clients
Education and Training
Associate of Applied Science: Occupational Therapy, Expected in 06/1990
ErieCommunity College North Campus - 6205 Main Street Williamsville, NY 14221,
Status -
High School Diploma: , Expected in 06/1988
West Seneca West Senior High School - West Seneca, NY
Status -
Activities and Honors
  • Honors and Awards: May 1995 - Special Service Award in Long Term Care by the WNY association of Homes and Services of Aging 1st Nursing Home in NYS, $th in Nation - Elderwood at Lakewood recognized for their commitment to care - While working

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School Attended

  • ErieCommunity College North Campus
  • West Seneca West Senior High School

Job Titles Held:

  • Habilitation Specialist 1
  • COTA2 - Article 16
  • COTA2
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Director of Activities
  • Diect Care Aide
  • Residential Aide


  • Associate of Applied Science
  • High School Diploma

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