Paladin Hiring Direct Support Professional (DSP)

By: Contributor Last Updated: January 9, 2019

Paladin POSITION PURPOSE:
Responsible to attend to personal health care needs and perform personcentered activities designed to assist individuals with disabilities to learn, maintain, or increase their independent functioning skills. May also include areas of entertainment, relaxation, and education. Activities may occur in individual’s home or group settings within the agency or in the community. May also provide support to the industrial operation through completion of assigned tasks which is essential to revenue producing production. May be asked to provide supervision in various programs per the individual program plan(s).

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude to promote learning.
  2. Plans and implements daily schedule for community based programming and classroom activities that support community involvement.
  3. Maintains records, reports, and data, as required, to maintain compliance with funding sources, CARF, agency requirements and National Council on Aging (NCOA) (depending on program assignment).
  4. May transport individuals or groups to and from the agency or to various activities.
  5. May be required to assist with wheelchairs and walking devices.
  6. May be required to keep license, insurance and registration for vehicle driven, up-to-date. Will be required to submit to a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driver’s check; may be done annually by Paladin or Paladin’s insurance company. Or, may be required to obtain a PPC license.
  7. Provides 1:1 or small group training to address individual clients (participants) needs such as those indicated on the individual program plan.
  8. Implements behavior plans as designed to maximize behavior management concerns of clients (participants) served.
  9. Distributes medications to clients (participants) assigned; responsibility is shared with co-workers.
  10. Requires lifting of individuals to assist with personal care needs and provides feeding assistance to clients (participants) needing such help.
  11. Provides client supervision to insure compliance with health and safety standards and to provide a safe, secure environment in which basic human needs are met.
  12. May include hours other than agency stated hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. including holidays & weekends based on program.
  13. Will follow all agency policies and procedures regarding the use and release of confidential information and confidential PHI (protected health information).
  14. Will adhere to all agency policies and procedures regarding ethics, client rights and dignity of persons served.
  15. Adheres to Universal Precautions for all functions, uses protective equipment as necessary.
  16. Shall perform any other job related function as assigned.

Habilitation Services additional essential functions:

  1. May be required to complete training curricula for Program Assistants in Adult Day Services developed by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) if assigned primarily to the Adult Day Program.
  2. May provide complete or assistive care in personal health care needs such as toileting and feeding, i.e. changing Depends, peritoneal care, showering, and brushing teeth.
  3. Coordinates food service curriculum and food service training to clients at Paladin or required sites. May be required to obtain Serve Safe certification.
  4. Required to complete training curriculum and implement activity calendars for classroom use.

Pre-Vocational Services additional essential functions:

  1. May be required to set up and tear down daily production jobs as required.
  2. Provide structured activities when paid work is not available.
  3. Maintain a clean and neat work area and performs routine housekeeping tasks as related to the safe environment.
  4. Provide instruction and training to clients (participants) on work tasks and implement work adjustment techniques from individual program plans.
  5. May provides complete or assistive care in personal health care needs such as toileting and feeding.

Creative Concepts additional essential functions

  1. Provide services as indicated on the individual program plan.
  2. Prepare and communicates short directions on each craft or art work to use.
  3. Have a variety of completed samples of craft or art work to use as display items.
  4. Responsible for keeping inventories of all crafts & art supplies and equipment.
  5. Maintain arts & craft area and supplies/tools in clean and orderly working condition.

Computer Lab additional essential functions:

  1. Provide services as indicated on the individual program plan
  2. Serves as the focal point for incoming requests for computer training; participates in meetings with staff assigned to persons with varying disabilities with lab goals and/or other individuals assigned to the technology lab.
  3. Designs, develops, administers and analyzes the results of training needs assessments.

Residential additional essential functions:

  1. May provide complete or assistive care in personal health care needs such as toileting and feeding, cooking, i.e. changing Depends, peritoneal care, showering, and brushing teeth.
  2. Provide routine housekeeping and yard work to ensure participant health & safety.
  3. Assist participant(s) with shopping and budgeting money.
  4. Assist participant(s) with Individual Habilitation goals.
  5. Follow high risk plans to ensure the health and safety for participants.
  6. Assist participants with medical appointments.
  7. Assist participant(s) with medication administration as needed.
  8. Complete required documentation for the participants served.
  9. Turn in required documentation according to the specified deadline or per direction of the supervisor.

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