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What Qualities Does Casmir Care Services Seek in Its Best Applicants?

 

To help applicants get a better idea of what Casmir Care Services Inc. looks for when evaluating job applicants, we asked Chinyere Dunkley, our assistant director of Human Resources, to share what qualities and abilities we look for.

Q: What basic skills, qualities, and abilities do you look for in every strong caregiver applicant?

A: Every strong caregiver applicant is someone who is patient, flexible, compassionate, innovative, creative, honest, and empathetic. 

Strong applicants are good at communicating and can advocate for our individuals effectively. This is someone who is attentive, dependable trustworthy, encouraging, and supportive with good problem-solving skills. 

Most importantly, we look for someone who is passionate about our company and its mission and willing to learn and grow with the company. 
 
Q: What kinds of experience do you seek in applicants?

A: We look for at least one year of experience. But we encourage people who are willing and have an urge to learn and gain experience as well as grow in the field to apply. We offer extensive training and have a management team that strives to help employees become the best employees whether they have experience or not.  We also understand that people do need to at least start somewhere.

Q: What is the title for the job opening that you find yourself most frequently hiring for? 

A: The job opening that I find myself most frequently hiring for is Direct Support Professional/Residential Aide and Site Supervisor.

Q: When you think about applicants who were particularly strong, what made them pop out of the pile of job applicants? 

A: The most outstanding applicants are usually those who fill their application out in its entirety and are very detailed on their application, most importantly, on the survey questions.

Q: What are turnoffs or red flags on applications? Or when you contact professional references?

A: I notice when people answer certain questions wrong like their date of birth, the continuous misspelling of words, gaps in employment, and those who answer the surveys with one word or only offer personal references.

Q: When you interview applicants, are there any common mistakes they make? 

A: Sometimes applicants doubt themselves and instead of guessing and/or trying to learn while in the interview, they shut down and say, “I don’t know,” or “I don’t want to be wrong,” because they think they may get a question wrong.

Q: What are rare traits or qualities that you would love to see more of?

A: We would love to see more people who come to work for the sole purpose of caring for our individuals and not to gossip, fraternize, and collect a paycheck.

 


Upcoming Open Houses  

Casmir Care Services is hiring Direct Care Professionals and Caregivers for individuals with disabilities. Come to our open house and learn about Casmir Care and the individuals we serve.

May 16, May 30

Noon – 4:00 PM

4950 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19131
RSVP: Call (267) 292-3116 to sign up

Best Buddies Programs Help People with Intellectual Disabilities Make New Friends

To celebrate National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month this March, let’s take a look at the nonprofit, Best Buddies International. It is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Some of its programs empower people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers.

Cultivating Relationships

Because young adults with IDD are often isolated at home or in work environments, Best Buddies offers several options for one-to-one friendships. Typically, a person with a disability is paired with another person without a disability.

Best Buddies College Program

  • The college program fosters one-to-one friendships between college students without IDD and their peers on campus or in the community with IDD.
  • The Best Buddies meet two times a month.
  • The program gives people with IDD a way to be involved in their local campus and community life.
  • This option often involves having a service provider pair up with a college chapter of Best Buddies.
  • In Philly, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, and Saint Joseph’s all offer Best Buddies chapters. In eastern Pennsylvania alone, there are about 65 chapters, but many are for K-12 kids.

Best Buddies Citizens Program

  • For adults with IDD who aren’t affiliated with a service provider and/or don’t live near an existing college chapter, Best Buddies in Pennsylvania also offers the newly launched Citizen’s Program.
  • This program offers a more customized experience that involves a one-on-one friendship with an adult volunteer in the community.
  • Typically, this program fosters friendships between adults with and without IDD in civic and corporate environments.
  • Everyone involved—the potential peer (person with a disability) and peer buddy (person without a disability)—undergoes a background screening.
  • While the Citizens Program offers opportunities to get together as a group from time to time, it’s primarily a one-to-one relationship where the buddy and peer buddy are advised to get together for a minimum of four hours a month and then stay in touch weekly, whether by phone or email. The frequency helps a natural friendship develop.

“We go to great lengths to match people based on common interests,” said Milli Protheroe, area director for the Philadelphia office of Best Buddies. It’s important for the people involved to live in the same community so the relationship can be easily sustained. They typically match people of the same gender.

She noted that the Citizens program is in the recruitment phase with 60 applicants so far. They are looking for people with and without disabilities to be a part of the program. Sometimes to simplify matching, Best Buddies partners with a business or organization. In Delaware, for instance, the Bank of America chapter holds a monthly brown bag lunch for its Best Buddies.

Exploring Philly Together

As a group, a Best Buddies chapter might hold a talent show, karaoke nights, or something as simple as a movie night. Sometimes the chapters coordinate with each other and throw a big field day or a Thanksgiving event as a way to bring people together.

The Best Buddies in college chapters are required to meet two times a month. One of those activities might be a group outing with the chapter. And the other might be a one-on-one outing.

Speaking from personal experience, Protheroe said she was matched with a buddy in the Citizens program. Each month they get together for something fun in Philly. They went to Penn Museum to see the sphinx exhibit. They’ve gone to movies like “The Greatest Showman,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Often, it’s a movie and then dinner where they discuss the movie. They’ve painted pottery. And she noted that there are lots of free things one can do in Philly. The art museum is free on Sundays. And there’s always something going on at Penn’s Landing and Franklin Square.

Expanding Horizons

The relationships help people overcome feelings of isolation and loneliness, build their confidence, helps with life skills such as communication and conversation skills. The experience is “life changing for a lot of our participants both with and without disabilities,” said Protheroe. Being around people of varying talents and abilities can really enhance your own skills, she noted.

How to Contact Best Buddies

If a caregiver wants to get the individual they care for into a One-to-One program, you can contact a college chapter directly and try to make a connection. Or you can reach out to the Best Buddies office at 888.604.7376. And the office will try to help connect you with the right people at a local chapter or with the Citizens Program.

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4950 Parkside Ave, Suite 400,
Philadelphia, Pa 19131
Phone: 267-292-3116
Fax: 267-292-4879
support@casmircares.com

About Us

Our goal is to ensure peace of mind for families and loved ones who are faced with the challenges of placing relatives in nursing homes and other treatment facilities. We offer a wide array of non-medical services tailored to the unique needs of the individuals we care for.