Today we learn from Rachel Echelbarger who is a QIDP here at Bona Vista, I know I know, more acronyms. I will let Rachel explain what she does and why she does it!
What I do:
“I work as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional over Day Services. Through this position, I work closely alongside case managers, behavior therapists, families and other team members to create care plans specific to each individual’s wants and needs. I attend meetings on a quarterly basis for each person on my caseload, to touch base with their team and make any changes to their plan that may be needed. My goal is to ensure the safety of our persons served and to ensure that they have all of the resources they need in order to have happy and meaningful life. It is our goal here at Bona Vista to build each individual up so that they can reach their full potential, and receive the best quality of care we can offer.”
What are some benefits of working at Bona Vista?
“Bona Vista offers a work environment that allows you to develop close relationships with the people that you work alongside with and the people you serve. It’s a wonderful environment for learning, as no two days are the same. Some days it can be a very fast paced environment, and other days it is more relaxed. You truly never know what you are going to get, which definitely keeps things interesting!”
What is the highlight of your work day?
“The highlight of my work day is visiting with the persons served. No matter how good or bad of a day I may be having, they ALWAYS manage to make it better. It truly is the little things that count. Even just seeing the smiles on their faces just makes my heart so happy. This is one of the single most gratifying jobs, as I see these individuals grow and thrive, one day at a time.”
What is the most challenging but rewarding part of your job?
“The most challenging but rewarding part of my job is dealing with behavioral issues with the people we serve. It’s hard to see them struggle, but we work through it together, and in the end you have learned and have grown closer to the person served. It also keeps you on your toes and helps you be better prepared for the next time an issue comes up.”
What advice would you give to someone brand new to the position you work?
“It’s going to seem overwhelming at first, because there is a LOT to learn. Stick with it, take notes, ask questions, and (most importantly) practice good communication with your team members.”
Rachel your effort does not go unnoticed. Thank you for being a part of the Bona Vista team and giving your best every day!