I am looking for a care attendant for my 16 year old daughter, Sophie, who has Down syndrome. I need someone to walk her home at 2:50pm when she gets out of school and stay until 6pm. There is the possibility of more hours on weekends, some evenings or as respite care. We literally live across the street from her school, W.T. Woodson HS. We are 3 miles or less from GMU main campus.
We can be somewhat flexible and are looking more for a companion that can oversee homework, provide social interaction and oversight with cooking guidance for simple meals to promote independence in this area. Our daughter is tech savvy and very talkative. She does have ADHD and anxiety issues, but is not an escape risk and handles her own dressing, toileting and grooming needs. Must like pets as we have 3 dogs and a cat. Pay is through the commonwealth and is $11.93 per hour. Attendants must be 18 years old, be able to pass a background check and prove US citizenship. There is some paperwork to be filled out as well.
My daughter is a lot of fun and does like down time on her own so there is some ability to study at times while watching her, but we do want to hire someone who primarily likes interacting with teens and may even like to accompany our daughter to a gym or exercise classes. Having a car is not necessary though if the attendant can walk, bike or take a bus to our house, My daughter loves music and her Spotify and Netflix accounts. She also likes to draw and sing. Her favorite way to listen to music is to see the words while listening to the music. She reads fourth grade chapter books, but struggles with math, money transactions and knowing how much time has passed. Two older sisters are available at times over the holidays to fill in as attendants so again there is flexibility. If you know of students who may like working with us, they can reach me at 571-205-3651 or firstname.lastname@example.org.