The Direct Support Professional (DSP) is responsible for implementing person-centered services and supports for adults with IDD residing in Little Flower’s IRA/ICF programs. The DSP is responsible for teaching and implementing the individual’s goals/valued outcomes, both in the residence and in the community. DSPs must be able and willing to teach, provide counseling, and problem solve, while fostering a nurturing, personalized and therapeutic environment. The primary responsibility of all DSPs is to ensure the individual’s overall health, safety and well-being.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
- Ensure the overall health and safety of all individuals in the residence.
- Promote the skills development, interests, and hobbies of the individuals in the residence in a therapeutic environment.
- Assist individuals with meals and all other Activities of Daily Living skills (ADLs) including but not limited to personal hygiene, toileting, laundry, domestic chores, etc.
- Provide daily person-centered support/services, including direct care, that are both cognitively and developmentally appropriate. This may include supporting individuals with challenging behavioral and emotional needs, high medical needs and/or physical disabilities.
- Administer medications as per OPWDD’s AMAP regulations and requirements.
- Promote and ensure that the human rights of the people we support are exercised through just, fair and equitable treatment. Assist people we support in understanding and expressing their rights and responsibilities.
- Ensure all services and supports are delivered in accordance with the agency’s policies and procedures while adhering to all OPWDD, State and Federal regulations and guidelines.
- Identify, intervene and report any and all instances of suspected abuse or neglect of any people we support, while fully participating in any and all investigations involving suspected and reported incidents
- Be knowledgeable of and implement the person-centered plan for each person we support, including but not limited to habilitative plans, staff action plans, behavior support plans and life plans
- Bachelor’s Degree Preferred, High School Diploma or Equivalent required
- Valid NYS Driver’s License
- Professionalism, integrity and excellent communications skills
- Ability to be patient, alert, and awake at all times
- Must have computer skills
- Flexibility in scheduled work hours as needed
- Eager to learn and hone skills to be a professional in the field
- Able to work with a diverse group of people and be a team player
- Work/life experience supporting people with IDD preferred
- Ability to participate in NYS mandated OPWDD initial trainings during normal business hours, upon hire
- Tuberculosis test mandatory (1x QuantiFERON-TB Gold Blood Test or 2x 2-Step PPD Tests)
- As needed to perform any of the aforementioned activities, be able to ascend/descend stairs, assist individuals with feeding, bathing, dressing and/or toileting, lift at least 50 pounds, walk, crouch, bend crawl, squat, stand, sit, etc.