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Central Coast Care Services

Direct Support Professional

June 2020 - May 2022 • Santa Barbara, CA

What I liked

I really enjoyed my time at Central Coast Care Services. It is very apparent that the owners of the program care for both the clients and their employees. The employers were very understanding of my schedule and boundaries as a young female student. As an employee, they made me feel like I was valued and that my voice and opinions were important. The employers did a great job of matching you with clients that fit your schedule and personality the best, making the shift even more enjoyable. Additionally, there was constant open communication between me, the employers, and other employees to ensure the best care for each client. I am fortunate to have had this experience in college. This job reaffirmed my desire to pursue a career in the healthcare field, and I would highly recommend applying if you also have aspirations in the healthcare field. I built first-hand relationships with each client and understand how different care techniques apply to different individuals. While there are clear expectations of this job, you are the only staff on shift which teaches a lot of independence and how to take initiative.

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Direct Support Professional

January - June 2021 • Goleta, CA

What I liked

I had a great time working with Central Coast Care. From the employees to the clients, everyone was wonderful to work with. This position introduced me to the field, and I felt very supported throughout the training and as I worked. I have grown and learned so much, and I am truly grateful for this experience.

What I wish was different

I don't wish anything was different!

Advice

Build relationships with your clients because that's what makes working with Central Coast Care more than just a job! The conversations and moments you share are so special.
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Direct Support Professional

October 2019 • Goleta, CA

What I liked

Being a direct support professional for Central Coast Care has been an amazing experience. The supervisors truly care about both their clients and their employees, and they are committed making everything about the job as smooth as possible. It’s a great company to work for! While working for CCC, I have gained invaluable experience in what it means to be a care-taker, and I have found so much fulfillment in helping people with disabilities. I would recommend working for CCC to anyone who wants to make a difference in others’ lives!

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Ex. Direct Support Professional

October 2019 - May 2020 • Goleta, CA

What I liked

Working with Central Coast Care was an amazing opportunity to help support and ensure the health of individuals with disabilities. I had a great experience working with these individuals whom I could develop a rapport with over time. The trainings for the position were very thorough, and the staff was always open to answering questions I had. My supervisor was very understanding and flexible to accommodate to the employees' needs while also being clear in what was expected of the direct support professionals.

What I wish was different

There was nothing I had wished would have been different in my time working for Central Coast Care.

Advice

Patience is a skill that I have honed since supporting these individuals with developmental disabilities. It is important to be both gentle and firm while guiding them in their daily living activities. Developing a rapport with them definitely makes being patient easier as well.
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