Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) counsel, assist and train individuals with developmental disabilities in the areas of personal care, travel skills, social skills, home management and life skills in order to maximize their functioning in the community. Our 92nd St Barrier Free IRA was designed to meet the needs of individuals who are aging and are in need of additional supports and fully handicap-accessible placement. The DSP will provide support with intimate care needs, lifting individuals from wheelchairs to the bed, toilet seat or other seat using a Hoyer lift and will be required to adhere to multiple medical protocols.
Specialized Knowledge, Licenses, etc.
- Specialized training in direct care provision preferred.
- Must be certified in OPWDD Approved Medication Administration Course (AMAP) and maintain AMAP certification.
- Must be First Aid and CPR certified.
- Must be SCIP/SCIPR Certified
- NY Driver License strongly preferred
- Demonstrated competency in written, verbal and computational skills to document records in accordance with program standards.
- Regularly required to speak clearly and hear the spoken word well.
- Regularly required to utilize near vision ability to read data and documents, including spreadsheets and reports, in printed form and on computer screens.
- Regularly required to provide physical care for clients and individuals, which may include, but is not limited to bathing, feeding, changing clothes or diapers and pushing wheelchairs.
- Ability to physically restrain challenging behaviors that include aggression, self-injurious, and destructive behaviors.
- Ability to apply proper lifting techniques.
- Noise level is consistent with levels usually present in an office, education, group home, residential, rehabilitation, industrial, workshop or health related environment.
- Hazards present are consistent with those common to an office, education, rehabilitation, industrial, workshop or health related environment.
- Working with individuals whose age ranges from childhood to adulthood.
Support the individual by supporting a comfortable home environment. Examples include but are not limited to:
- Work towards the satisfactory completion of each of the core competency goals according to the OPWDD timeline requirements.
- Provide safe and clean environment for the individual based on skill level and risks and support the safety of all individuals in everyday situations.
- Use verbal and physical means to create a positive environment that will encourage and enable individual growth.
- Assist the individual in the development of social skills that will help the individual become integrated/ included in his or her community.
- Perform protective oversight while engaging in community activities.
- Monitor each individual’s personal health on a continuous basis (during situations of high activity, while bathing/showering/swimming, in the morning and the evening, at meals, while in the community, at all times).
- Assist individuals in learning and practicing skills necessary for home living (indoor household chores such as, but not limited to, cooking, sweeping, dusting, bed-making, vacuuming, and dish-washing, laundry, folding and storing clothes, etc.).
- Perform advocate responsibilities, while demonstrating respect for the processes and people involved.
- Responsible for all documentation related to the essential function and services for the individual.