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Independent Living Skills (ILS) Trainer/In Home Support (IHS)/In Home Family Support (IHFS)/Semi-Independent Living Skills (SILS)


HOURS: As scheduled.

REPORTS TO: Independent Living Skills Specialist and Director



The ILS Trainer provides direct services to people served by ILS. This person works directly under the supervision of the ILS Specialist and the Directors. Regular contact with the supervisor is necessary. The ILS Trainer will be part of a team composed of clients, service professionals, family members and others identified in the Service Plan/Individual Program Plan (IPP). The ILS Trainer will provide services including supervision, training, assistance and support in identified areas of need outlined by the Service Plan/Individual Personal Plan (IPP). Working one-on-one and in group settings, the ILS Trainer will increase the client’s independence to positively impact each client’s quality of life. CHC reserves the right to adjust employment hours and days of operation based upon requirements to fulfill contract obligations.





This position is an “at will” position and the employee and employer are free to sever the relationship at any time with or without cause. A minimum of 30 days notice of the intent to resign is requested for this position. 



  • Preferably a High School Education or equivalent

  • CNA Certification Preferred

  • Background in Mental Health/Special Education Preferred

  • Valid Minnesota driver's license in good standing

  • Ability to safely operate any and all vehicles, business machines, and industrial equipment necessary for the successful operation of the program.

  • Proof of vehicle liability insurance

  • Ability to lift at a minimum of 25 pounds

  • Maintain a current negative Health Card or chest x-ray (TB skin test).

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 12 hours continuing education and training in topics relative to the position annually.

  • Ability to observe and record programming and behavioral data.

  • Ability to communicate clearly with staff and consumers verbally or utilizing other effective means.

  • Knowledge of independent living skills

  • Experience in areas of employment directly related to the performance of this job as included in the above "Job Duties and Responsibilities" is preferred.

  • Graduate of a recognized nursing assistant program and in good standing with the Minnesota NA/registry; or successful completion of our agency’s orientation and training program for unlicensed personnel and has been determined competent to provide services and follow our agency’s procedures by our RN.

  • Age of 18 years or older.

  • Adaptability and flexibility in dealing with changing situations and in ability to remain calm when dealing with clients and their families, with a positive and pleasant manner and kind tone of voice. 

  • Ability to demonstrate good judgment and observation skills.

  • Ability to effectively communicate with peers and supervisors and clients.

  • Ability to deal tactfully and compassionately with clients, their family members, other staff and to exhibit good customer service skills at all times.

  • Ability to read, write, comprehend and follow verbal and written instructions, including medical terminology. 

  • Ability to work independently and to use good problem solving skills.

  • Ability to meet the physical demands of the position, with or without accommodation.

  • Ability to work flexible times, including weekends, evenings and holidays. 

  • Experience in working with older adults. Previous experience in a hospital, nursing home or home care agency preferred. 

  • Experience in working with people with disabilities and people with mental health challenges.

  • Must be dependable and punctual, with a good attendance record.

  • Must follow building dress code, maintain good personal hygiene and grooming.

  • Must be able to prioritize and organize work effectively and efficiently.

  • Must work as a team member with other personnel, the LPN and RN.

  • Primary responsibilities will be conducted in client homes.

  • Exposure to body fluids, infection, odors and behavior of clients that may be aggressive, combative or demanding.

  • The noise is usually moderate.

  • Exposure to chemical and respiratory hazards is possible.

  • Travel to clients’ homes is required. 



  • Must receive a “not disqualified” criminal background result from Department of Human Services and may not be on the OIG exclusions list.

  • Must be screened for TB.

  • High school diploma or GED preferred



  • Focus first on the person being served, and understand that my role in direct supports will require flexibility, creativity, and commitment.

  • Know and respect the values of the people I support and facilitate their expression of choices related to those values.

  • Provide advocacy when the individual's preferences, needs, or talents are neglected or overlooked.

  • Encourage growth and recognize the autonomy of the individuals receiving services while also being attentive reducing their risk of harm.

  • Develop relationships with the individuals I support that are respectful, based on mutual trust, and that maintains professional boundaries.

  • Address challenging behaviors proactively and respectfully, using methods outlined in the CHC orientation, and follow any behavior management plans in effect for specific individuals.

  • Help individuals support, understand, and express their rights and responsibilities.

  • Recognize that each client is individual and provide services which show that he or she has potential for lifelong learning and growth.

  • Assist the individuals support to understand their options and the possible consequences of their options as they relate to their physical and emotional health and well being.

  • Be conscious of my own values and how they influence my professional decisions.

  • Maintain competency in my profession through continued learning and attending and being an active participant in staff meetings and trainings.

  • Assume responsibility and accountability for my actions and decisions.

  • Recognize the importance of modeling valued behaviors to co-workers, individuals receiving services, and the community at large.

  • Practice responsible work habits.

  • Being on time for work

  • Completing all necessary documentation to assure compliance with all state and federal regulations. These may include, but are not limited to: daily data sheets and clinic notes, attendance logs, time records, incident reports, behavior reports, accident reports, seizure reports, etc.

  • Maintaining strict confidentiality for all consumer information, and facility operations


Integrated Supports are designed to assist individuals in acquiring skills necessary to reside successfully in home and community based settings. These services focus on assisting the individual to acquire, retain or improve their skills in various areas that directly affect his/her ability to reside as independently as possible in the community. These services and supports consist of the following:

  1. SELF DIRECTION - identifying and responding to dangerous or threatening situations, and making decisions/choices affecting the individual's life.

  2. MONEY MANAGEMENT - training and/or assisting in handling finances, making purchases, and meeting financial obligations.

  3. DAILY LIVING SKILLS - training and/or assisting in routine housekeeping tasks, meal preparation, dressing, personal hygiene,

  4. self administration of medications and other areas of daily living including proper use of adaptive equipment and assistive devices, appliances, home safety, first aid and emergency procedures.

  5. SOCIALIZATION - training and/or assisting in community activities participation and establishing relationships with peers.

  6. COMMUNITY INTEGRATION - instructing individuals in daily and community living skills in integrated settings. Included in these activities are shopping, church attendance, sports, club participation, etc.

  7. MOBILITY - training or assisting geared toward ease of movement within the person's living arrangements, use of adaptive aids

  8. and equipment, accessing transportation, independent travel or movement within the community.

  9. COMMUNICATION - building vocabularies, developing effective language expression, teaching listening skills, and using augmentative communication devices.

  10. BEHAVIOR SHAPING AND MANAGEMENT - training or assisting in appropriate expressions of emotions or desires, compliance, assertiveness, acquisition of socially appropriate behaviors, and reduction of inappropriate behaviors.

  11. EXTENSION OF THERAPEUTIC SERVICES - conducting exercises or reinforcing physical, occupational, speech, and other therapeutic programs.


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive, and employee will also perform other reasonable related job duties as assigned.


This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.


Compassionate Home Care is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, orientation, religion, disability, ethnicity, origin, marital status, or veteran status.


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive.  The employee will perform other reasonable related duties as assigned by the supervisor or other management.

Management reserves the right to change job responsibilities, duties and hours as the need prevails.  This document is for management communication only and is not intended to imply a written or implied contract of employment.

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