Direct Support Professional- Residential
Direct Support Professional
A Direct Support Professional promotes independence, self-esteem and community integration, to individuals with developmental disabilities by performing the following duties.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides instruction and assistance to individuals in areas of daily living including but not limited to personal hygiene, cooking, house maintenance, social interaction with peer group, mobility training, constructive use of leisure time and personal finances.
- Participates in a person centered approach to program plan development and participates in activities to build competencies and integrate individuals into their communities.
- Embraces team approach, attending and participating in all staff meetings and mentoring new staff.
- Participates in program plan development, maintaining a capacity-based approach and participates in activities to build competencies and integrate them full into their communities.
- DSP’s working in a Residential position may work overnight shifts or have on-call responsibilities as required by program and as needed.
- May be required to Administer and monitor medication to individuals. Perform heath care treatment as prescribed by program.
- Assists individuals we serve to identify social, recreation and other community resources the individual may wish to access and devise plans to achieve that access.
- Negotiates schedules and daily activities.
- Completes all mandated reporting requirements by Wildwood and regulating agencies including but not limited to the following:
- Habilitation plan service delivery checklists, notes and summaries.
- Incident reports
- Documents related to medication administration
- Documents related to behavioral support plans
- Documentation related to personal allowance
- Agency related documentations
- Helps ensure appropriate safeguards for individuals are developed and maintained.
- Provides and/or coordinates transportation for individuals to program activities, appointments, recreational activities and other activities.
- Remains current in agency and program related training.
- Communicates with other agencies, employers, family members, job coaches and any other necessary people.
- Implements emergency procedures established by the agency as necessary.
- Provide emergency first aid and CPR as necessary.
- Performs routine interior and exterior cleaning and maintenance of residence, or program facility and program vehicles as assigned.
- Reports unique or emergency medical conditions of individuals to the program supervising R.N., and management team.
- Requisitions and purchases equipment, food and other materials needed for the operation of the program following agency financial procedures.
- All supervisors, managers, and employees are all responsible for helping to create a workplace free of recognized hazards, and for acting safely.
- High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
- A valid NYS driver's license and ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required.
- May need daily access to a vehicle based on program needs.
- Must be cleared and maintain acceptable record under the NYS OPWDD mandated criminal background check process.