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What is a DSP and what does a DSP do?

POSITION: Direct Support Professional

DSP DEPARTMENT: Residential Program

REPORTS TO: Residential Director

RESPONSIBILITY: To assist an individual with a disability in leading a self-directed life and contribute to the community, assists with activities of daily living and encourage attitudes and behaviors that enhance community inclusion. A DSP may provide supports to a person with a disability at home, work, school, church, and other community places. A DSP also acts as an advocate for the disabled individual, in communicating their needs, self-expression and goals.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Preferred experience in a residential setting with adults with intellectual disabilities
  • Preferred DSP certified
  • Satisfactory Criminal Background Check
  • Valid Driver’s License

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Communicate in English via telephone, verbally and in writing to converse with staff, consumers
  • Required to walk or stand for extended periods of time
  • To reach with arms and hands
  • Lift and move objects up to 50 pounds
  • Able to climb stairs
  • Must be able to perform essential job functions of this job, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable performance of essential functions

JOB DUTIES:

Residential Duties:

  • Implementation of residential goals, laundry, cleaning, cooking, personal hygiene, etc.
  • Plan monthly meals with the residents using nutritional guidelines CILA
  • Assist the residents with weekly grocery shopping CILA
  • Assist the residents with meal preparation
  • Monitor household safety practices
  • Assist residents as needed in all safety drills or emergency evaluations.
  • Assist in skills assessment of the residents
  • Report any physical problems with the houses to the maintenance staff
  • Complete all documentation as required, incident, seizure and progress towards goals
  • Transport residents to bank, grocery store and appointments as needed
  • Transport residents to community functions
  • Supervise and document the self-administration of medications training program for residents of the CILA and ICF
  • Maintain residential files on specialized diets to assure that they are current and they are being followed

Quality and quantity of work:

  • Work meets the agencies standards of accuracy and neatness
  • Able to meet deadlines

Dependability:

  • Arrives at work on time
  • Use benefits appropriately
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision

Working relationships:

  • Coordinate programming and services with day programs and other agencies in a manner to promote harmonious and effective delivery of services
  • Treat consumers with dignity and respect
  • Willingness to work with co-workers
  • Ability to accept constructive criticism
  • Tactful and courteous in dealing with co-workers, supervisors and residents
  • Uses appropriate lines of communication with House Manager and Residential Director
  • Works with supervisors and coworkers in a manner to promote teamwork and efficient completion of agency work

Adhere to company rules:

  • Follow policies and procedures regarding safety, security, and a harassment free environment
  • Maintain confidentiality concerning personnel matters, all consumer matters, and contract information

Training and certification:

    • Participate in staff training as required by the agency
    • Maintain certification in CPR and First Aid

Other Duties as Directed

 

To become a DSP and join our team, Please print out this application and bring it into the main office, located at 1718 N 2525th Rd in Ottawa, along with your current resume.

 

DRS/Community Employment

Shannon Ceja is our Employment Coordinator who works with the Division of Rehabilitation Services to find employment in the community for those individuals with disabilities. Shannon is a great advocate and mentor. To get in contact with Shannon call 815-434-0737 and ask for extension 14. You can also reach her by email at shannonc@ottawafriendship.com.

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