BAYADA Habilitation, a BAYADA Home Health Care specialty practice, has developed an innovative, career development program for ambitious, caring individuals interested in working with the intellectual and developmentally disabled population.
BAYADA Habilitation is accredited by CARF, an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the people served.
BAYADA Home Health Care Habilitation technicians help children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities acquire, improve, and maintain the skills they need to live safely at home and participate in their communities,” explained BAYADA Habilitation Practice Leader Donna Heatherly. “Specific responsibilities involve helping clients with activities of daily living, such as grocery shopping, taking the bus to an appointment, or grooming and personal care. The habilitation technician also gives them the tools they need so that one day that can become more independent and do these tasks on their own.”
At BAYADA we encourage our employees to give the best of themselves every day to every client, and we support our technicians with aspirations looking to advance their career into either office or field leadership by providing a fast-track path called REACH (Reaching, Excelling, Achieving, and Committing to Habilitation). According to Heatherly, the REACH Program offers two career tracks for habilitation technicians to expand their responsibilities and growth their skills.
“The office development track is ideal for those who want to develop their business skills. It gives employees the mentoring and training they need to take on an office-based management role supervising staff and overseeing client cases,” said Heatherly. “The field leadership track allows habilitation technicians with a college degree to continue to work one-on-one with clients while developing specialized skills that will allow them to advance into an office-based position.”