DSP's are responsible for providing high quality direct care services to adults with developmental disabilities. DSP VI staff will work with individuals who need complete assistance with ADL's, and/or feeding, behavioral interventions in the home and in the community. All individuals served have level 2 behavior plans and staff will need to complete restraints using techniques learned through NAPPI training. This role is a shift leader on each shift worked. Overall responsible for making sure all tasks get reported and completed during the shift.$17 an hour Primary Duties:
- Responsible for the health, safety and well-being of Individuals served.
- Serves as a Mandated Reporter
- Handle crisis situations according to agency policies and procedures, seeking resources when necessary.
- Monitor group home site and vehicle for safety, cleanliness and upkeep
- Establish rapport with Individuals
- Support the learning of Individuals by use of motivational techniques, effective interventions and various communication approaches including verbal, gesture, and written communication.
- Assist individuals with all activities of daily living (ADLs) as applicable to each Individual's abilities, including but not limited to, lifting, showering, changing, diapering, dressing, and feeding.
- Responsible for scheduling and accompanying individuals to medical appointments/treatments
- Produce and oversee accurate, legible and complete medical documentation for Individuals served, including but not limited to treatment charts and data sheets.
- Properly administer medication (or support individuals who can self-medicate) in accordance with Agency, DDS and DPH guidelines - Medication Administration Procedures (MAP).
- Support each Individuals existing relationships and assist in increasing their network of friends and acquaintances.
- Assist individuals in becoming part of their community by supporting them in learning how to find resources, activities and transportation in the community.
- Adheres to positive behavior support strategies. Carry out all interventions in an Individual's Behavioral Protocol Plan as written and trained.
- Responsible for understanding, writing and implementing any support strategies pertaining to ISP goals.
- Assist individuals with mail and follow-up activities related to bills, insurance, SSA/SSI re-determination and any other official correspondence.
- Assist individuals in planning and scheduling vacations, trips, and travel; assist in money management according to ISP objective and/or rep-payee instructions.
- Responsible for being familiar with and abiding by agency, department, and program policies and procedures and for acting in a manner consistent with organizational values, mission, and goals.
- Inventory or assist individuals in inventorying possessions, seasonal clothing and personal; supplies on a regular basis. Assist individuals with shopping for personal necessities.
- Communicate with nurse and staff on site regarding overall care of individuals.
Education: BA/BS degree in related field required
- Three years related experience providing child care/elder care/direct support to developmentally disabled persons or previous experience supporting individuals in a mental health/special education or other human services setting is required. Knowledge of behavior plans preferred.
- An equivalent combination of education and related work experience may be considered.
- Must successfully complete all mandatory trainings as required by the Agency within the required timeframe.
- Must obtain CPR/First Aide certification within five (5) continuous months of hire
- Must obtain Massachusetts MAP certification within five (5) continuous months of hire
- Valid Massachusetts driver's license required.
- Certification in specific restraint training required by some positions
- Must be able to read and write instructions; compose progress notes; read and interpret policy and procedure manuals; understand and follow written and/or verbal instructions; complete data sheets and other documents as needed in a complete and legible fashion.
- Ability to speak effectively, professionally and respectfully.
- Ability to understand and apply common sense to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
- Ability to deal with problems, maintaining composure and professionalism.
- Off-site travel is required to attend meetings, client functions/appointments and trainings.
- Individual must have normal vision and hearing
- Must have no lifting restrictions in order to assist clients and handle routine program functions.
- Individual must have normal vision and hearing.
- Must have full use of both arms and hands.
- Must be able to walk, climb stairs and drive a car, in order to attend off-site functions.