The Day Support Senior Direct Support Professional-Community-Based Supports (Senior DSP) is responsible for the implementation of the Individual Support Plans (ISPs.) This entails skill building and support to assure each individual’s independence, personal autonomy, access to community resources and personal choice while at community or at the center. The Day Support Senior DSP-Community-Based Supports is also responsible for creating a safe, nurturing environment at the activity center.
This person also works very closely with the Day Support Manager to ensure that the day-to-day needs and duties are met to ensure that the safety and welfare of the individuals we support are maintained at the very highest level.
This is a non-exempt hourly rate position. The incumbent reports to the Day Support Program Manager.
- Location: Charlottesville, VA
- Full-time, 40 hours per week. Mon-Fri 8:30a-4:30p
DSP JOB DUTIES:
- Implements the Individual Support Plans (ISPs) by effectively teaching and assisting individuals as outlined in each plan. Applies positive, non-aversive approaches to providing supports.
- Observes participation and progress in meeting the individuals’ needs, goals, and objectives. Assists the Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement Specialist in the development and/or revision of ISPs to better meet the needs of the individual(s).
- Assures a caring, supportive environment while initiating projects by including individuals in all day support community activities to the furthest extent possible. Provides recommendations to the Program Manager for program changes.
- Maintains daily and other regularly scheduled documentation and reports regarding activities, programs and progress. Maintains documentation as required and within required timeframes. Uses professional person-centered language in the completion of all documentation.
- Plans day support community-based recreation activities that incorporate individual preference, skills, financial resources as well as concepts of personal choice, autonomy, and community integration.
- Assures the safety of individuals and makes reasonable efforts to protect individuals from harm, abuse, and exploitation. Immediately reports any concerns or observations of potential harm, abuse, or exploitation.
- Understands and demonstrates competency; assures the rights of individuals in accordance with DBHDS Office of Human Rights to include protecting individuals from harm, abuse, and exploitation. Immediately reports any concerns or observations of potential harm, abuse, or exploitation.
- Assures and promotes the rights of individuals in accordance with HCBS (Home and Community Based Services) to include integration and full access to the community, individual rights of privacy, dignity, respect, and freedom from coercion and restraint, individual autonomy, and independence in making life choices and facilitates individual choice in services and supports.
- Maintains the program site in accordance with DBHDS licensing regulations, which includes routine cleaning and other duties as assigned by the Day Support Program Manager.
- Assures the program facility, and vehicle are safe and secure, reports immediately any safety concerns identified and takes action to address or protect individuals including contacting emergency services or police as needed.
- Provides transportation to individuals when necessary for daily commuting, healthcare needs, and community activities.
- Utilizes necessary equipment to assure the safe transfer of the individuals we support as well as protecting oneself from personal injury (i.e. training and use of the Hoyer Lifts).
- Attends at least one staff meeting per month; attends other training and meetings as required to maintain knowledge, skills, and abilities.
- Provides residential day support to homebound Adult Activity Center participants when the Adult Activity Center is closed or delayed due to inclement weather.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
SENIOR DSP JOB DUTIES:
- Coordinate with Program Manager to organize daily activities. Establishes and coordinates rotation of community-based activities and to a limited extent center-based as needed.
- Coordinate grocery/supply shopping.
- Assists individuals with medication administration while assuring its accuracy. Reviews Medication Administration Records (MARs) and Physician’s Orders on a weekly basis for accuracy. Inventories individuals’ medications monthly.
- Works and coordinates with Medicaid transportation providers to ensure that all transportation needs of the individuals are met.
- Ensure that Safety checklist, Vehicle checklist review are scheduled and conducted monthly. Ensures all paperwork is completed and/or copied/filed; supplies are purchased, and forms are submitted as appropriate.
- Work with Program Manager to ensure petty cash receipts are reviewed, reconciled, and copied/submitted in a timely manner.
- Manages staff cleaning schedule while also ensuring that the center site is clean daily.
- Assist Program Manager and Staff Development Coordinator in planning & organizing required staff training.
- Specific duties as determined.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: Intellectual and developmental disabilities; concepts and principles of barrier-free environments, person-centered principles, community integration.
Skills: Safe operation of passenger vehicles as evidenced by a valid Virginia driving license and an acceptable Department of Motor Vehicle driving record, CPR/First Aid certification, crisis prevention and intervention, emergency responses, documentation requirements, Therap, activity development and planning.
Ability: to lift and transfer at least 50 pounds for safe transfers of the individuals receiving supports, utilizes appropriate equipment (i.e. Hoyer Lift) to prevent personal injury or injury to the individual(s). Must work independently; follow directions; communicate verbally and in writing; interact effectively and courteously with a variety of people and teach effectively.
SUGGESTED TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Possess a high school diploma or its equivalent (e.g. GED) and any combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Please be aware that our agency has implemented mandatory Covid vaccinations for all staff. In order to come on board with us, a new hire must be fully vaccinated and also provide us with proof of vaccination.