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Direct Support Professional — Adult Day Services (Part-Time)

Assigned to Adult Day Services/Memory Care located at 2497 7th Avenue East in North St. Paul.

Our Support Service Staff working in the Adult Day Services Program focus on meeting the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities who are aging, building relationships and community connections, facilitating the use of assistive technology, and offering desired creative activities that promote a healthy, safe, and fun environment.

Specific job duties include:

  • Complying with the Adult Day Care standards outlined in Rule 223 and Chapter 245A by providing the necessary support to 38+ ADS clients so that they are engaged in numerous activities on a daily basis;
  • Providing input into the ADS clients’ Individual Care Plans, person-centered and person-futures assessments; quarterlies, activity schedules, etc.;
  • Capably supporting activities and strategies related to the person-centered planning process, assistive technology, aging, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease;
  • Planning, initiating/leading, and engaging clients in primary daily activities (exercise programs, music, are, gross motor, assistive technology, social skills, etc.);
  • Supporting and guiding those volunteers assigned to support the scheduled activity within a designated area;
  • Using proactive and positive approaches when addressing challenging behaviors;
  • Supporting clients to be actively engaged in their client meetings;
  • Completing required documentation;
  • Following the health and fitness requirements of the clients as determined by the dietician and physical therapist;
  • Attending required Adult Day Services/Memory Care Services staff meetings held once per month;
  • Promoting person-centered thinking, futures planning, and relationship and community building;
  • Delivering positive written and oral daily communication to client support networks; and
  • Demonstrating competency in a variety of areas including:  diagnoses, treatments, effective strategies, the links between communication and behaviors; assistive technology, caregiver support, and resources, therapies, and activities.

To be successful in this position, qualified candidates must demonstrate the following skills:

  • A strong commitment to the Olmstead decision, self-advocacy principles, person-centered planning, assistive technology, and positive supports when interacting with individuals who are aging and may exhibit challenging behaviors;
  • Respectful and fair interactions with clients, coworkers, and outside parties;
  • Promotion of individualized and desired services that build relationships within the North St. Paul downtown community;
  • The ability to learn quickly and easily adjust to different learning styles;
  • The flexibility to adapt to changes in job duties and work schedules;
  • A calm demeanor and even temperament to respond effectively to persons who are frustrated, confused, noncompliant, and/or aggressive;
  • The ability to de-escalate situations as dictated by the Positive Supports Rule; and
  • Knowledgeable about Alzheimer’s/dementia, staying abreast of emerging therapies and techniques and participating in local and regional associations for disease and for caregivers.

To be eligible for this position, candidates must meet the following qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED certificate, with six to twelve months experience working with people who have a developmental disability.  A community college AA degree, technical school degree, Human Services degree, or a four year Bachelor of Arts/Science degree is preferred.
  • Certification in medication administration, complete medical training as indicated per the clients’ ISP/ICP, CPR and First Aid is required; and
  • Meet the physical demands of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, including regularly standing, walking, and bending as well as assisting persons with personal cares, ambulation, etc.

Candidates must also pass a criminal background check, a motor vehicle record check, DOT physical, and a drug screen.

This is a part-time position and is eligible for pro-rated PTO, but not benefits. The hourly rate of pay starts at $15.09. 

Alternative Services (AS)

  • Support Staff
  • Horticulture
  • Community Outings

Clients who choose Merrick for life enrichment services have access to community inclusion activities; therapeutic experiences including animal assistance, horticulture, and music sessions; arts and crafts; sensory integration; social and recreation; positive behavior support planning; augmented communication including assistive technology and American Sign Language; and enriched staff-to-client ratios. Clients have access to multiple activity settings and individualized strategies and schedules to promote emotional, mental, and physical health.

Admission Inquiries

Complete our online admission application form to inquire about Merrick, Inc.’s Alternative Services.

Adult Day Services (ADS)

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About ADS

With a desire to embed services within a community, Merrick opened the ADS program in downtown North St. Paul in 2012. This unique program provides a variety of health, social, and related support services in a protective and nurturing environment.

Merrick strives to enable clients to pursue personal preferences. We use a self-assessment and discovery process to assist clients with identifying specific activities in the community in which to participate.  Clients enrolled in the program are encouraged to foster their own engagement as “citizens” of North St. Paul through opportunities for commerce, volunteerism, community service, and participation in community activities. ADS facilitates group events, activities, and outings based on suggestions from the clients.

Program Focus

ADS provides the health, social, and nutritional services necessary to slow the loss of function, maintain socialization skills, and encourage meaningful social experiences with non-disabled peers in the general community. We offer on- and off-site social and leisure activities (e.g. animal assistance activities, arts and crafts, horticulture, music, social skills games, shopping, tours); physical therapy, and self-advocacy experiences. We promote Person-Centered Planning and choices made by the clients. The ADS program strives to be an integral part of the North St. Paul community where clients have meaningful social interactions with members of the community, contribute through acts of volunteerism; and in turn, enjoy opportunities for members of the community to share their time and talents as program volunteers.

Admission Inquiries

For information about Merrick, Inc.’s Adult Day Services, you can contact:

Ermelinda Zamora
Center Director
(651) 788-9107
     Therese Timbers
Service Lead
(651) 788-9107

All Licensed Sites

American Legion*5383 140th St NHugo
Arcade Bar932 Arcade StSt. Paul
Bleecher’s2220 White Bear AveMaplewood
The Country Lounge3590 Hoffman RdWhite Bear Lake
The Dog House2029 Woodlynn AveMaplewood
Hoover’s755 Jackson StSt. Paul
Jersey’s Bar & Grill6449 Concord BlvdInver Gove Heights
Kenyon Bar & Grill632 2nd St BlvdKenyon
Lumberyard Pub*3121 St Croix Trl SAfton
Macaluso’s3857 Labore RdVadnais Heights
Manitou Grill2171 4th StWhite Bear Lake
The Old Clover Inn705 County Rd F EVadnais Heights
Overboard Bar & Grill4455 64th St EInver Grove Heights
Pillbox Tavern400 Wabasha St NSt. Paul
Polar Lounge2549 7th Ave ENorth St. Paul
Roddy’s2541 7th Ave ENorth St. Paul
Sherwood Lounge1418 White Bear AveSt. Paul
Sidewinder’s2573 7th Ave ENorth St. Paul
St. Paul Saloon1045 Hudson RdSt. Paul
The Tilted Tiki*324 Main St SStillwater
Tracks Bar & Grill1091 Rice StSt. Paul
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Bleecher’sMachine Operation 7 days a week/open until close
Country LoungeNoon – 10 pmNoon – 10 pmNoon – 10 pmNoon – 10 pmNoon –MidnightNoon –MidnightNoon –Midnight
DoghouseNoon – Midnight4 – 11 pm4 – 11 pm4 – 11 pm4 – 11 pm4 pm – Midnight2 pm – Midnight
Hoover’s11 am – 10 pm11 am – 10 pm11 am – 10 pm11 am – 10 pm11 am – 10 pm11 am – Midnight11 am – Midnight
Jersey’sMachine Operation 7 days a week/open until close
Macaluso’sNoon – MidnightNoon – MidnightNoon – MidnightNoon – MidnightNoon – MidnightNoon – MidnightNoon – Midnight
Old CloverNoon – Midnight4 – 10 pm4 – 11 pm4 – 11 pm4 – 11 pm4 pm – MidnightNoon -Midnight
Roddy’sNoon – 11 pm5 – 9 pm5 – 10 pm5 – 11 pm5 – 11 pm5 pm – Midnight5 pm – Midnight
Sherwood LoungeNoon – Midnight3 pm -Midnight3 pm -Midnight3 pm – Midnight3 pm -Midnight3 pm – 1 am3 pm – 1 am
Polar LoungeMachine Operation 7 days a week/open until close
Sidewinder’sBar and Machine Operation 7 days/week/open until close
St. Paul Saloon1 – 11 pm1 – 11 pm1 – 11 pm1 – 11 pm1 – 11 pm1 pm – Midnight1 pm – Midnight

Meat/Gift Card Raffles

Bleecher’s2 – 5 pm  6 – 8 pm6 – 8 pm 4 – 7 pm
Country LoungeDuring Viking Games    5 – 6 pm 
DoghouseDuring Viking Games    5 – 6 pm 
Hoover’s     4 – 6 pm1 – 3 pm
Macaluso’s    5 – 7 pm 
Old Clover     5 – 7 pm 
Polar Lounge      1 – 3 pm; 1st Saturday
Roddy’sDuring Viking Games
Sherwood LoungeDuring Viking Games    5 – 7 pm 
Sidewinder’s      2:30 – 4:30 pm
Track’s      5 – 7 pm2 – 4 pm

Cash Bingo

Arcade BarTuesdays at 6:30 pm; guaranteed coverall $300/$500;
Bleecher’s Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 pm; Saturdays at 4 pm; guaranteed coverall $300/$500
Country LoungeSaturday at 2:30 pm; Tuesdays at 6 pm; $1000 coverall in 59#s called every session
DoghouseFridays at 6:30 pm; 1st & 3rd Sundays of ea. month at 3:30 pm; guaranteed coverall $300/$600/$1,000;
Hoover’sTuesdays at 6 pm; $1000 coverall in 59#s called every week; $99 guaranteed consolation
Macaluso’sTuesdays at 6:30 pm; $1,000 coverall in 59#s called every week;
Roddy’sCoach or Cash 2nd & 4th Thursdays of ea. month at 7 pm; $30/$60/$99 per game;
Sherwood LoungeCoach or Cash 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of ea. month at 7 pm; $30/$60/$99 per game
Sidewinder’sSaturdays at 2 pm; $1,000 coverall in 59#s called every week;

Purse Bingo

American Legion Hugo 4th Monday 7:00 pm
Doghouse Maplewood 2nd & 4th Sundays 3:30 pm
Macaluso’s Vadnais Heights Every Wednesday 6:30 pm
Manitou Grill White Bear Lake 3rd Thursday 3:30 pm
Roddy’s North St. Paul 2nd & 4th Thursday 7:00 pm
Sherwood Lounge St. Paul 2nd & 4th Tuesday 7:00 pm
Sidewinder’s North St. Paul 3rd Tuesday 6:30 pm
Tilted Tiki Stillwater 1st & 3rd Mondays 6:30 pm

Dates and times subject to change. Please check with the location to confirm.

MN Tri Wheel

Doghouse6 pm – Midnight 8 pm – Midnight6 pm – Midnight5:30 – 11:30 pm
Hoover’s4 pm – Midnight 4 pm – Midnight4 pm – Midnight3 – 7 pm
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