Direct Support Professional - Lower Valley (22)
Company: Community Living
Posted on: January 16, 2022
Provide instruction and support to adults with developmental
disabilities to live independently in the community. Instruction
and support services are based upon individual needs, wants, and
desires. Services are focused on maintaining health and safety
while promoting independence and an increased quality of life
through consistent instruction and support.Community Living is
currently paying a COVID premium for all employees. This position's
wage is $16.50/hour during the enhancement period. This is a
temporary increase through 06/30/2022.
Employees will earn an additional $10.00/hour hero pay for all
hours worked in a positive client household during the pandemic
emergency. This is temporary through 06/20/2022.
All employees are eligible for mileage and staff expense
reimbursements.After 12 months of employment, all employees are
eligible to participate in the agency's 401(k) plan.All regular
full-time and part-time employees accrue personal leave.All
employees earn sick leave (1 hour for every 40 hours worked).All
employees are eligible to earn holiday pay.All full-time employees
(30 hours/week or more) are eligible for medical, dental, vision
Direct Support Professional Duties:Client:
- Supervise and support clients using established behavioral
support plan in order to protect clients and self.
- Ensure health and safety needs of clients are met.
- Administer First Aid and CPR, as needed.
- Recognize, document and follow-up on the health needs of
clients in a timely manner.
- Accompany clients to medical, dental and mental health
appointments prepared with pertinent medical information to ensure
that the client's health is maintained.
- Document the results of medical appointments, including
diagnosis, prognosis and instructions for care and medication in
the client Medical Book.
- Document and communicate changes in client health status or
medication to Coordinator, LPN or Client Medical Coordinator
(whichever is applicable).
- Supervise and support clients in taking medication per doctor's
orders. Complete documentation accurately.
- Supervise and support clients to follow Health Professionals
- Provide Nurse Delegated services in compliance with DDA Policy
6.19., if applicable.
- Assist and instruct clients to plan menus, using nutritional
guidelines to ensure that clients maintain a well-balanced diet.
Ensure that any special dietary needs are followed.
- Support and instruct clients in cooking and shopping for food,
using training programs and established routines.
- Support and instruct clients on all safety requirements.
- Support and assist clients with their monthly budget, following
agency financial policies and procedures. All financial documents
are to be completed accurately, legibly and in their entirety, per
agency policies and procedures.
- Support and/or instruct clients with paying their bills on time
and maintain their account ledgers, which should be accurate and
error free. All financial documents are to be completed accurately,
legibly and in their entirety, per agency policies and procedures.
Any and all receipts must be kept and retained to be filed with the
client's financial documents.
- Accompany clients to the bank when necessary.
- Assist and support clients to have power, control and ownership
of their personal affairs and to make choices/decisions. Support
and respect client's expressed preferences in following schedules
and routines unless behavioral plan directs otherwise.
- Encourage clients to pursue and explore individual interests
through community resources, associations, clubs, etc.
- Provide transportation for clients to work, recreational
activities and appointments.
- Support and instruct clients in maintaining and developing
relationships with family, friends, and community members, using
skills in conflict resolution, bridge building and responsible
community participation. Routinely look for community opportunities
to increase contact with community members.
- Support and instruct clients to maximize self-reliance and
- Ensure clients receive opportunities to increase skills and
- Instruct clients in activities of daily living to promote
competence and self-esteem.
- Support and instruct clients to behave, dress and groom in a
manner that affords the client status and dignity.
- Support and instruct clients to maintain a clean, personalized
and safe home environment. Other:
- Keep supervisor apprised of all beneficial and/or potentially
detrimental situations affecting clients, employees, services, or
compliance with regulatory documents.
- Report and document all circumstances that suggest any health
or safety risk to clients.
- Follow all established safety guidelines.
- Follow and document training and behavioral plans as directed
by supervisor or consultant.
- Other projects as assigned by management.
- Attend team meetings.
- Attend all-staff meetings and trainings.
Minimum Qualifications:High school diploma or GED equivalent; at
least 18 years of age at time of employment; proof of eligibility
to work in the United States; possess a valid driver's license; an
insured and safe automobile; must be able to read, write, speak and
understand English.A criminal history and background check will be
performed by DSHS. Candidates may not qualify if they have
misdemeanor or felony charges or convictions. Convictions will not
necessarily disqualify you from employment. Factors such as age and
time of the offense, seriousness and nature of the violation, and
rehabilitation will be taken into account. There can be no
conflicts of interest with the hiring agency.A motor vehicle report
will be performed. Candidates may not qualify if they have an
unsatisfactory motor vehicle report.
Physical Qualifications:Work is most often performed indoors;
however, it is required to go outside to run errands, shop and
attend appointments. Regularly wear protective gear, such as masks,
rubber gloves and gowns.This position is very active and can
require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching,
crawling and climbing all day. The employee must frequently
transfer, lift or move objects and clients weighing over 50 pounds.
Physical ability to perform CPR and First Aid, as needed.Specific
vision abilities required by this job include close vision,
distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception
and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this
job, the employee is regularly required to verbally communicate
clearly with others.
Preferred Qualifications:Prior experience working with individuals
with developmental and/or learning disabilities.
Working ConditionsThe Direct Support Professional has a high level
of contact with clients and their families. Communication is made
by telephone and in person on a daily basis; communication less
often by letters and memos. Travel by vehicle is frequently
required. May work in a group or as part of a team; less often work
with nurses, doctors and other aides. May occasionally have to deal
with upset guardians of clients. Clients rarely become physically
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