DIRECT SUPPORT PERSONNEL
Position: Direct Support Personnel
Minimum Qualifications: 18 years old and with a GED certificate or High School Diploma. Have a current and clear caregiver’s criminal history screening/Background Check. Must have a clear driving record and meet insurable criteria for EnSueños Y Los Angelitos Development Center. Must be able to pass a drug test.
Desired Qualifications: Desired minimum of one or more years working with individual(s) with disabilities.
Compensation: Hourly salary schedule.
Benefits: Personal Time Off (PTO) as per policy, Holidays, Workman's Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, Life Insurance, 401(k) Plan, Supplemental Insurance Plan, as applicable to employee's status.
Working Hours: Shift work, as needed, by individual(s) receiving services not to exceed 40 hours within a seven-day period unless it is approved by your supervisor. If an employee exceeds 40 hours of work in work week those hours are paid at time an overtime rate
General Objective: To work with an assigned individual(s) and provide support according to the Individual Service Plan for individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). Supports will be provided in all work settings in accordance with applicable regulations and policies and procedures.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities
- Successfully complete and demonstrate competency with ALL ELADC/DDSD/Therapy/Health Related Plans and training.
- The ability to read, write, basic computer skills, understand and implement the individual(s) Individual Service Plan (ISP); ensure the action steps are being implemented at the specified frequency and using the teaching support strategies, related healthcare and therapy plans as applicable.
- Complete quality documentation that meets DDSD and agency standards timely and accurately. Charting and documentation must be completed prior to the end of the shift. Documentation will include reporting health problems, general environment and tone of setting, specific behaviors, etc., charting in appropriate sections. Record hygiene tasks supervised or performed on daily hygiene charts, if required. Document individual(s) progress daily and communicate concerns regarding the Individual(s).
- Complete incident reports on individual(s) challenging behaviors, accidents, health concerns, etc.
- Report any health-related problems to nursing coordinator and supervisor immediately; following instructions given.
- Maintain positive open lines of communication regarding the shift with coworkers and supervisors/nursing in order to facilitate a productive work environment.
- Employees are expected to dress in a professional yet casual fashion and are expected to be neat in appearance. Employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times while on shift.
- The use of personal cell phones/other personal media devices (such as watches) while at work is prohibited as it interferes with work. Cell phones must be turned off during trainings and staff Outside of a known emergency, continued use of cell phones for personal business while on shift will lead to disciplinary action if observed as a noted pattern.
- Effectively advocate for clients served and competently represent the client(s) at medical appointments and out in the community.
- The ability to instruct and assist the individual(s) to meet his or her physical (e.g., health, grooming, toileting, eating) and personal management needs, by teaching skills, providing supports, and building on individual(s) strengths and capabilities; this includes but is not limited to transportation arrangements to medical appointments or community participation.
- The ability to instruct and assist the individual(s) with household management (e.g., meal prep, laundry, cleaning, decorating) and with needs outside the home such as using public transportation or accessing other community services.
- The ability to support the individual(s) in the development of friendships and other relationships.
- The ability to plan and go out on community outings based on the interest of the individual(s) supported; provide transportation in a safe manner to scheduled activities; supervise individual(s) during recreational activities. Provide daily instruction on functional living skills in either group or individual settings that may include socialization, community awareness, self-advocacy, employment and as based on clients Meaningful Day statement.
- The ability to maintain HIPPA standards of confidentiality and ethical practice; never discussing individual(s) who are supported, with non-staff members, or in front of the person(s) supported as if they are not there.
- The ability to instruct and assist the individual(s) with identifying, securing, maintaining and using needed adaptive equipment, augmentative communication devices, and assistive technology, and implementing therapy strategies in accordance with Written Direct Support Instructions (WDSI) developed by therapist(s) serving the individual(s).
- The ability to effectively employ communication skills for the individual(s) supported to build rapport and channels of communication by recognizing and adapting to the range of each individual(s) communication styles;
- The ability to identify the need for community supports and work with individual(s) informal support system and other IDT Members to initiate meaningful community connections;
- Maintain current First Aid and CPR certification and attend in-service training.
- Provide direct supervision and interaction with individuals(s) during the shift; must be awake and alert at all times during scheduled work shift, or as otherwise directed by supervisor.
- Perform heavy work, lifting and/or transferring people weighing 70 pounds to 225 pounds daily, with the use of a Hoyer lift and staff assistance.
- Perform or provide instruction, when needed, in daily hygiene needs; including but not limited to baths/showers (daily); tooth brushing, clipping or filing nails, combing hair, shaving (if applicable), etc.
- If applicable, successful completion of training and demonstration of competency regarding dietary and feeding procedures such as preparing jevity for bolus feeding/feeding tube and follow feeding procedures as scheduled.
- Maintain a sanitary and healthful environment, including, but not limited to; cleaning bathroom, cleaning kitchen after each meal, doing laundry, vacuuming, as needed, disposal of trash, immediate cleaning of individual(s) elimination or vomits, following all sanitation and health procedures, etc in their respective settings.
- Encourage individual(s) to help in household chores, to the best of their.
- Report maintenance needs to supervisor including vehicle.
- Follow emergency procedures as posted.
- Inform your supervisor of any scheduled absences by submitting a “Time off Request” in Paychex.
- Work flexible hours as Be willing to extend your shift until oncoming shift arrives.
- Call your supervisor if you are going to be more than 15 minutes late or later for your shift.
- Advance notice of absences to a scheduled shift must be given at a minimum of 4 hours prior to the start of your shift with successful coverage attempted.
- Clock in/out times must be done at the worksite nowhere Unauthorized early clock in times of more that 15minutes will lead to disciplinary action.
- Never leave your shift/work area unless you have permission from your supervisor. Absences from the worksite in excess of 15 minuets need to be reflected on your timecard.
- Attend staff meetings/trainings as scheduled, and be willing to train and assist new employees in learning job duties.
- Act as liaison between the individual(s) family members and supervisor, case manager and/or IDT team, as situations arise.
- Perform other duties as assigned by ELADC
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
- Complete the training program provided by the service agency and participate in on-going in-service training.
- Hold a current CPR certificate (four-hour HEART SAVER is acceptable). Hold a current Abuse Neglect and Exploitation (ANE) Certification.
- Assume non-medical duties as outlined by family/primary care giver is to assure continuity and consistency.
- Use appropriate interpersonal communication skills and language to better develop a meaningful and trusting relationship with the client/family/all other team members.
- Exhibit dependency in keeping all appointments and;
- Be able to work independently without supervision.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions
- Good organizational skills.
- Ability to perform medium to heavy work consisting of regularly lifting, transferring and/or carrying of objects or people weighing 50 to 225 pounds, performing such activities as stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, and grasping.
The major activities of the job are carried out in the following: 65% indoors – which consists of 20% cleaning 80% client support/interaction, 20% outdoors – all community activities, 15% in vehicle. Subject to change based on person's needs.
This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. Principal duties and responsibilities are intended to describe those functions that are essential to the performance of this job and "other" duties and responsibilities include those that are considered incidental or secondary to the overall purpose of this job.
This job description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by management. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.