Olivia Osborn

Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services
Minor/option/emphasis: CHFS-Adult/Family Programs
Company/Organization: Mainstream Living
Company/Organization website: https://www.mainstreamliving.org/
Destination: Ames, Iowa
Timeframe: Spring
Advisor/Coordinator Email: enloe@iastate.edu


Performing all daily care activities for members (feeding, dressing, bathing, administering medications, toileting/changing, medical appointments, transportation), taking one member to water therapy weekly and instructing his exercise routine, working one-on-one with one member and taking him out for community integration activities, doing activities with members (coloring, puzzles, watching movies, playing with toys), maintaining documentation via Therap platform of members and maintaining their medication administration records


Learning how to pass meds, finding new and innovative ways to communicate with a nonverbal member, becoming more efficient at my job (getting down a routine of feeding, bathing, med passing, etc.)

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