The primary role of the Direct Support Professional is to provide daily living support to the clients by being in the client s homes and community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Provide training, assistance, and support to clients in all areas of daily living as outlined in the client s POC (Plan of Care), IISP (Individual Instruction and Support Plan), PBSP (Positive Behavior Support Plan), and therapist approved treatment plan.
Supervise clients to ensure adequate safety.
Ensure adequate health care for each client.
Implement and evaluate individualized programs for clients.
Maintain client confidentially.
Maintain appropriate staff/client relationships.
Acknowledge the needs, wants, and rights of clients with dignity and respect.
Transport clients to and from all agency activities.
Accompany clients on all outings and activities.
Complete all forms, reports, and data sheets as required by the administrator.
Safeguard all company and client property.
Be aware and abide by all agency policies, procedures, and practices.
Report promptly instances of injuries, behaviors, abuse, and safety hazards, etc. to the administrator.
Maintain an ongoing inventory of client s personal property.
Keep all hazardous materials, medications, etc. in the designated locked location.
Perform other responsibilities as defined by the administrator.
Report to work on time.
While on duty staff is not allowed to partake of or have any illegal drugs or alcohol.
Staff must be awake and alert while on duty.
Oversee the implementation and documentation of medications.
Implement a safe and clean environment in which our clients live by doing households ADLS (i.e., chores, meals, bathing, hygiene, removal of garbage, laundry, etc.)
Abide by Chain of Command, reporting directly to Resident Coordinator/Manager for client related reporting and Staffing Coordinator for in-house training and scheduling, except in cases otherwise instructed.
Assist in resident money management:
Education and Experience
Minimum age of 18 years.
Current criminal background check cleared by DSHS before working alone unsupervised with the clients.
Valid driver s license or Washington State ID.
Home telephone or Cell phone.
High school graduate or equivalent.
Ability to follow instructions, organize and set priorities, and the ability to work well with other staff and clients, exhibit job-related competency and ability to make independent judgments.
Intermediate knowledge of clients basic plans, additional plans for client care needs and or behavior plans specific to client.
Intermediate training relevant to mid-level client care needs and or behaviors.
Intermediate experience supporting developmentally disabled adults.
Certificates, Licenses and Registrations
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Language Skills: Excellent reading comprehension and written communication skills required. For example: ability to read, analyze, and interpret documents, reports, technical specifications, governmental regulations, and correspondence. Ability to apply proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and format to communications. Ability to present information in one-on-one, small group, and large group situations to management and staff.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to do simple math such as addition, subtraction, multiplication. Know how to handle cash and keep a running balance of cash on hand.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve a wide range of practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete and complex variables; ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form; and ability to deal with multiple variables.
Computer Skills: Ability to operate related computer applications (i.e. word processing and spreadsheet applications), and business equipment including personal computer, copy machine, fax machine, and telephone.
Talking: Able to convey detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately, loudly, or quickly.
Average Hearing: Able to hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information.
Finger Dexterity: Using primarily just the fingers to make small movements such as typing, picking up small objects, or pinching fingers together.
Repetitive Motion: Movements frequently and regularly required using the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
Average Visual Abilities: Average, ordinary visual acuity necessary to prepare or inspect documents or products, or operate machinery.
Physical Strength: Frequently required to sit, stand, and walk and occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
Your Work Place
Internally, work is normally performed in a home setting, where exposure to conditions of extreme heat/cold, poor ventilation, and fumes are very limited. Noise level is moderate and may include sounds of normal house hold equipment (furnaces, telephones, etc.). No known environmental hazards are encountered in the normal performance of job duties.
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Job descriptions assist organizations in ensuring that the hiring process is fairly administered and that qualified employees are selected. They are also essential to an effective appraisal system and related promotion, transfer, layoff, and termination decisions. Well-constructed job descriptions are an integral part of any effective compensation system. All descriptions have been reviewed to ensure that only essential functions and basic duties have been included. Peripheral tasks, only incidentally related to each position, have been excluded. Requirements, skills, and abilities included have been determined to be the minimal standards required to successfully perform the positions. In no instance, however, should the duties, responsibilities, and requirements delineated be interpreted as all-inclusive. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by management as deemed appropriate.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships on the organization.
Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.
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Job Requirements: High school graduate or equivalent. Minimum age of 18 years. Current criminal background check cleared by DSHS/BCCU before working alone unsupervised with the clients. Valid driver's license or Washington State ID. Home telephone or cell phone. Ability to follow instructions, organize and set priorities and the ability to work well with other staff and clients. Exhibit job-related competency and ability to make independent judgments.Basic Experience Supporting Developmentally Disabled Adults: None requiredCertificates, Licenses and Registrations: None requiredKnowledge, Skills and Abilities: Language Skills: Excellent reading comprehension and written communication skills required. For example: ability to read, analyze, and interpret documents, reports, technical specifications, governmental regulations, and correspondence. Ability to apply proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and format to communications. Ability to present information in one-on-one, small group, and large group situations to management and staff. Mathematical Skills: Ability to do simple math such as addition, subtraction, multiplication. Know how to handle cash.