Under the general direction of the Residence Manager, and Assistant Director, Residential, the Direct Support Professional supports the individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in a residential. The Direct Support Professional is required to follow the treatment plan, ensuring the individual’s health and safety, promoting independence and person-centered planning.
- Help the people we support to have meaningful lives, listen to their dreams and help them learn skills to live the lives they choose.
- Encourage each individual to tell us what is important to them and important for them. Involve them in activities that match their interests, goals and dreams for the future.
- Assist individuals we support learn how to develop and maintain positive relationships with people in their community.
- Respect the rights of the people we support and teach them to advocate for themselves.
- Use our person-centered philosophy throughout the day. Use each moment as a teachable moment.
- Get to know the individual by listening and observing what is important to him or her.
- Show a positive attitude toward work and others.
- Protect the health of the people you support. This may include giving medication, following doctor’s orders, going on medical appointments and/or seeking emergency medical care when necessary.
- Protect the safety of the people you support by providing the level of supervision described in the person’s service plan and by reporting to your supervisor any potentially dangerous situation
Qualifications and Requirements
- Minimum high school diploma or GED equivalent
- Valid driver’s license - No provisional licenses
- Prior experience in this field is preferred, but If you have some background in healthcare or human services is a plus.
- Integrity and Responsibility
- Relationship management
- Ability to promote physical and emotional well-being
- Ability to promote the person-centered philosophy
Work Environment and Physical Requirements:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.
- Regularly required to speak clearly and hear the spoken word well.
- Regularly required to utilize near vision ability to read data and documents, including spreadsheets and reports, in printed form and on computer screens.
- Regularly required to provide physical care for clients and individuals, which may include, but is not limited to bathing, feeding, changing clothes or diapers and pushing wheelchairs.
- Ability to physically restrain challenging behaviors that include aggression, self-injurious, and destructive behaviors.
- Ability to apply proper lifting techniques.
- ability to lift and move individuals (if necessary) 100+ lbs., ability to lift boxes, furniture, and equipment up to 30 lbs.