Direct Support Professional
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Westbrook, ME 04092
The responsibility of the Direct Support Professional (DSP) is to provide a safe environment, to include support and supervision to all persons living in a GMS home. The DSP is responsible to work with individuals, encouraging growth and independence while giving dignity and respect to each person served. The DSP’s work is driven by the GMS mission to improve the quality of life by supporting independence. The DSP is directly responsible to the Residential Manager.
• Adhere to planning guidelines and treatment as identified in the consumer PCP and ISPs.
• Maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job.
• Assist consumers with self-advocacy and promote independence.
• Complete daily shift documentation according to outcomes and supports of consumers, which may also include Health Tracking, Monthly Progress Notes, General Event Reports, and DHHS Reportable Event Forms. Documentation must be completed prior to end of shift.
• Distribute and control prescribed medication, once trained as a Certified Residential Medication Aide (CRMA). Follow all CRMA procedures.
• Plan, perform, or assist with cares or activities with individuals according to their preference or needs, to include, but not limited to, household chores (cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene, laundry, dishes, vacuuming, fixing bed, household maintenance, etc.), community involvement, social, recreation and leisure skills, communication skills, personal safety skills, appropriate behavior.
• If applicable to the person, assist or perform personal care by repositioning the consumer if necessary-bathing, bowel bladder cares, showers, exercising, range of motion, feeding (oral or feeding tubes), hair care (brushing, washing, styling, shaving) dental care (brushing, flossing, dentures), nail clipping, etc.
• Transport (adhering to all safety policies and laws) or arrange for transportation to medical, social, and community activities.
• Assist with teaching and preparing healthy meal plans to encourage optimal health. Involve consumers in making choices of selection of meals.
• Maintain consumer safety at all times and provide assistance and oversight as required to meet the needs of the consumer.
• Work collaboratively with professional consultants, i.e., Psychiatrist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Psychologists, Primary Physician, and other medical personnel.
• Attend and participate in required meetings and in-service training.
• Support new team members by providing on-the-job training.
• Attend all training and maintain certifications/competencies as required by GMS and DHHS.
• Follow all DHHS regulations.
• Follow all GMS rules as outlined in the Employee Handbook and Operations Manual.
• Maintain the general upkeep of the home on each person’s shift, i.e., laundry, dishwashing and all normal household responsibilities. The home and grounds are to be clean and neat at all times. Immediately address any safety issues.
• Provide regular security checks on all windows, doors and vehicles as required.
• Individuals working an overnight shift must be prepared to meet each consumer’s needs should they occur during the night. Individuals will follow the protocol for documentation during overnights. DSPs are to remain awake and alert at all times.
• Notify transportation company and work/program if a person is ill or unable to attend due to appointments, an incident, or vacation.
• Effectively manage and redirect behaviors, both physical and verbal.
• Perform all other duties as assigned.