Under the supervision of the Residence Supervisor, the Direct Support Professional is responsible for the supervision and care of all individuals residing within a program, including but not limited to: ensuring individual safety, implementing all aspects of the activity schedule, participation of the annual and semi-annual review process, development of implementation of individual’s goals and services, and advocating for the needs of the individuals.
A.) Mediate emergency situations pertaining to the program according to established policies and procedures, and ensure communication of such situations in a timely fashion.
B.) Provide coverage until relieved in emergency situations.
C.) Assist in maintaining the residence and Agency property in a neat, orderly, and safe manner, and to report all repair needs in a timely manner.
D.) Provide adequate supervision of individuals based upon program type, service plan, situation, need, etc.
E.) Train individuals in self-preservation through the implementation of fire evacuation plan by conducting and/or participating in regular fire drills.
F.) Provide instruction and training in cleanliness, hygiene, and group living in accordance with the functioning level of the individual.
G.) Notify a physician or other treatment personnel when necessary, including assisting with scheduling and attending medial appointments.
H.) Assist with the planning and preparation of meals in accordance with specific special diets and dietary needs.
A.) Treat each individual with dignity and respect in accordance with New York State regulations and Agency policy.
B.) Report possible violations of individual's rights promptly, and complete and submit incident reports in accordance with New York State regulations and Agency policy.
C.) Maintain the confidentiality of any information relating to the individuals and staff of the program.
D.) Ensure that the individual's needs are met and intercede on their behalf as necessary.
E.) Participate in any investigation into incidents occurring within the program as requested and maintain confidentiality in regard to such investigations.
III. Daily Activities.
A.) Assist the management team in developing and implementing a daily plan of activities, and ensure that the activity schedule is followed.
B.) Provide active programming or structured activity at all times and/or encourage participation in meaningful activity.
C.) Encourage and instruct individuals in regard to appropriate community interaction, including providing a role model for some.
A.) Complete all requisite documentation, including goals, rehabilitative services, restorative services, medical, financial, etc. accurately, thoroughly, and in a timely manner in accordance with New York State and/or Federal regulations and Agency policy.
B.) Assist with regular, on-going assessment of individual progress.
A.) Accurately and positively communicate agency philosophy and administrative decisions to all staff in a timely and professional manner.
B.) Report ongoing problems and suggest solutions to improve working environment/conditions.
C.) Establish positive working relationships with co-workers, management, clinicians, and collateral providers.
D.) Utilize information acquired through training, meetings, education, and experience to benefit individuals.
E.) Receive and communicate effectively on feedback from management, peers, and individuals in a cooperative manner.
F.) Provide accurate, concise information regarding individual functioning and/or difficulties to team members and collateral providers.
G.) Maintain on-going communication with day/work programs, families and friends of the individual, and other individuals involved with the program and individuals.
H.) Attend and participate in staff meetings in accordance with Agency policy.
Please Note: One or more of these responsibilities could be essential in some programs, shifts, or situations depending on the staffing pattern, qualifications of other staff, functioning level of the clients, client needs, etc.
A.) Demonstrate ability to utilize the on-call system appropriately and effectively.
B.) Obtain/maintain certification in First Aid, CPR, SCIP - Level II, AMAP, etc.
C.) Provide transportation as required, and in own vehicle as needed.
D.) Report all violations and/or accidents in Agency or personal vehicle in accordance with New York State regulations and Agency policy.
E.) Follow OSHA regulations, including universal precautions.
F.) Administer/supervise the administration of medication.
G.) Capable of providing assistance with individuals’ personal care needs, including toileting, if necessary.
H.) Ability to transfer persons weighing as much as 250 pounds in and out of bed to a wheelchair, from a wheelchair to toilet or mat, or from a mat to a wheelchair.
I.) Ability to assist in 2-person lift of individual.
J.) Capable of maneuvering distances to access resources and provide adequate supervision to individuals.
K.) Capable of stooping and crouching to lift and/or implement SCIP techniques.
L.) Staff alternate locations, as assigned.
M.) Perform additional responsibilities, as assigned.
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