Work Location: West Quadrangle, 541 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor,
- Can include assisting in getting me to and from classes on the
central campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Job Category: Allied Health
Job Title: Professional Caretaker/Auxiliary to a Special Needs
Job Hours: 5 to 25 hours a week.
Hello, I am an undergraduate student at the University of
Michigan LSA Honors. I also have a genetic neuromuscular condition,
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II, leaving me using a wheelchair and
unable to walk, stand, crawl, roll, lift over two pounds, reach
long distances, or operate a motor vehicle. This requires a lot of
assistance throughout the day including morning showers and hygiene
care, transporting out of my wheelchair to a bed, shower chair, or
toilet either manually or using a Hoyer Lift, helping with daily
stretches, putting personal belongings in reach, preparing or
obtaining meals, opening doors, and nightly repositioning. I can
also clearly and coherently advocate for myself. One also must be
willing to be able to lift approximately 115 pounds either manually
or be trained to use a Hoyer Lift and be willing to drive my
handicap-accessible van. One also must be willing to be trained on
how to use a Cough-Assist Machine, Nebulizer, and Bipap Machine in
the case of respiratory illness. Aspects of this job could include
having the night or "sleep shift" meaning you can sleep on the job
if you so desire but just must be available to help with
repositioning and in case of an emergency.
Educational Value of the Position:
This job is great for any person who is caring and willing to
learn about specific disabilities and the daily lives of
individuals with a chronic medical illness. I love to advocate and
talk to people about my life and my condition. This would
definitely be a positive learning experience for anyone who thinks
they may want to go into a medical or therapy field or one where
they will work with people with special needs.
Requirements for the job:
Must be able to pass a background check
Must have a valid state-issued driver's license
Must have or be willing to obtain CPR and Medical Emergency
Must be willing to learn how to operate a handicapped-accessible
van, motorized wheelchair. Hoyer Lift, Bipap Machine, Nebulizer,
and Cough-Assist Machine
Must be willing to help in hygienic care, showering, and meal
Must be able to lift 115 pounds (OR use the Hoyer Lift)
Must be caring and flexible.
Please let me know if you can work nights or weekends! Weekend
availability is especially preferred.
$10.00/hr with potential/room for growth.
- Pay will go to $11.25/hr upon completion of all state required
When Job is available: May 28, 2021 until August 5, 2021 can be
renewed for Fall Term 2021 as well.
Start Date: Week of May 28, 2021
End Date: Week of August 5, 2021, but can be renewed at start of
Fall Term 2021
Maximum Number of Positions: 10
The staffing candidates provide direct care support for students
with special needs during the school year. Services provided are
tailor-made to fit the needs of the individual. Examples of
supports provided: Preparing meals and/or assisting with eating,
light housekeeping, assist getting to class and preparing for class
(taking books out of backpack, putting coat off and on), personal
hygiene, and re-positioning throughout the night. Scheduling would
be coordinated around the student's school schedule.
Interested persons must have: valid driver's license, proof of
citizenship, proof of high school completion, and be 18 years of
age or older. Provide proof of a negative TB test. The following
training must be completed in the first 30 days: CPR, First Aid,
Bloodborne Pathogens, and Recipient Rights.