The Direct Support Professional (DSP) provides direct support to the individuals served by LIFEDesigns, Inc., utilizing available resources and training provided by LIFEDesigns. Direct Support Professionals are significantly involved in supporting employment, continuing education, and community participation for our customers.
Essential Functions and responsibilities:
Responsible for directly supporting individuals to engage in all daily activities, ensuring consistency in implementation of established Individual Support Plans (ISP), high risk/nursing plans, and Behavior Support Plans (BSP) objectives and following all safety and health-related policies and procedures.
Responsible for providing support to the individuals, utilizing teachable moments and methods as instructed by LIFEDesigns, to assist the individuals in completion of their day-to-day needs.
Responsible for transporting customers to work, home, appointments and community activities.
Responsible for timely completion of documentation pertaining to overall support of the individuals and for related duties as assigned.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Sitting and/or standing for long periods of time
For direct service- When working with any individual, there is always the possibility of aggressive acts. Aggressive acts could consist of pulling, pushing, pinching, biting, hair pulling, kicking, slapping, punching, scratching, head butting, and throwing objects. Team Leaders may also come in contact with bodily fluids such as urine, feces, saliva, mucus, blood and vomit. Team Leaders must use appropriate personal protective equipment and Universal precautions must be used as required.
Direct support activities require the employee to stand, sit, squat, bend at the waist and knees, use body to deflect or restrain customers, and potentially chase or contain a customer for safety reasons.
Lifting and/or ambulatory assistance may be required to participate in active treatment and programming activities. Standing may be required for a large portion of scheduled shifts and for long periods of time.
Required Education and Experience:
High School diploma or GED required, experience in services for individuals with developmental disabilities preferred. Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Social Work, Special Education, Sociology, or related field may substitute for direct experience. A valid driver's license and a driving record that meets insurance standards is required as is adequate auto insurance coverage. Criminal history/background check must meet State of Indiana criteria.