Under the general direction of the Household Manager, Assistant Manager, and the Manager, the Direct Support Professional will provide direct care to the individuals we serve in such a manner that will promote independence and individuality. Provide person-centered support to aid individuals in building life skills lifelong. Represent the Agency by promoting and modeling the mission and core values of the Sisters of Mercy and Mercy Home.
· Know, understand and follow the NADSP Code of Ethics.
· Recognize, prevent, and Report Abuse.
· Support individuals’ unique capacities, personalities, and potential.
· Advocate with and help individuals to self-advocate.
· Support the individuals’ emotional, physical and personal well-being.
· Respect the human dignity and uniqueness of each individual.
· Assist individuals to achieve and exceed their personal goals.
· Demonstrate the ability to support positive behavior.
· Demonstrates teamwork with the individual, co-workers, and families in implementing positive behavioral support strategies, consistent with available behavioral support plans.
· Support the individuals by providing a comfortable, functional and positive environment.
· Provide structure and support for the individuals.
· Demonstrate respect for all people.
· Demonstrates the ability to effectively teach skills to individuals.
· Assist individuals to perform activities of daily living as independently as possible. Some hands-on assistance may be required.
· Assist individuals with personal hygiene and ensure the individuals are clean, well-groomed, and appropriately dressed at all times. Some hands-on assistance may be required.
· Attain and maintain Approved Medication Administration Personnel (AMAP) certification (full-time and part-time positions only), and administer medication when required.
· Implement goal methodologies, collect accurate data and accurately complete paperwork.
· Communicate effectively with individuals served, team members, families, visitors and others.
· Participate in the planning and implementation of recreational activities.
· Implement daily operations of the assigned residence.
· Ensure all required documentation is accurately completed including but not limited to data, daily logs, and incident reports,
· Attain and maintain certification in all mandatory training.
· Perform SCIP-R, CPR, and First Aid as required; intervene and assist with behavioral issues.
· Demonstrates knowledge of and attends to the medical, physical, psychological and health needs of the individuals as required.
· Ensure the safety of individuals in everyday situations as well as environmental emergencies.
· Drive Agency vehicles to transport individuals, e.g. community outings, medical appointments, etc.
· Prepare and cook meals according to the individual nutritional plan. Shop for food items as needed and ensure leftover food is stored properly. Perform basic kitchen maintenance tasks such as but not limited to emptying the trash and washing dishes.
· Adhere to a pre-determined weekly schedule, working the hours scheduled per workweek including weekends, overnights, holidays, day and/or evening shifts.
· Attend and actively participate in training programs and staff meetings.
· Adhere to and promote the mission, culture, and practices of the Agency.
Education: High School Diploma / GED, College preferred
· Valid and clean New York State Driver’s License
· AMAP, CPR, SCIP-R and First Aid certification preferred.
· Complete the College of Direct Support Professional Certification.
Experience: Experience providing direct care support to intellectually challenged individuals preferred.