The Arc of the Ozarks Direct Support Professional in Springfield, Missouri
DefinitionThis is a human services position providing desired supports to persons with disabilities, in a residential setting, so that they may achieve the highest level of independent living possible within their community.An employee in this class provides training and supports to assigned persons served in dressing, bathing, personal hygiene, house cleaning, laundry, and other activities of daily living. Additional responsibilities include assisting with the purchasing of groceries, training in food preparation, administering medications, and assist in the management of personal funds. This employee assists in the implementation of personal plans; contributes to the development and maintenance of a therapeutic environment; and establishes effective interpersonal relationships with each person served, their parents and/or guardians, and other members of the support team. Work involves responsibility for observing and reporting information concerning the physical, mental, and behavioral condition of the persons served and for assisting in the maintenance of necessary records and reports to document these observations. Close supervision and direction is received from the Team Manager, the Program Supervisor, and/or other staff members who review work through reports and direct observations.Essential Job Functions(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks, which may be found in position of this class.) Provides support to persons served in dressing, bathing, personal hygiene, house cleaning, laundry, and other activities of daily living.Implements outcomes and strategies of individual personal plans under the supervision of the Team Manager, the Program Supervisor, or other staff members; provides supports as identified in the personal plans; attends review meetings when assigned.Assists with the purchasing of groceries and supplies; supports persons served in preparing their own meals.Provides support to persons served in maintaining a safe and clean environment in theirhome.Provides support to persons served in becoming active participants in their communities.Supports persons served in participating in varied meaningful vocational, domestic, and leisure activities in the community of their choosing.Observes, reports, and assists in recording changes in the physical, emotional, behavioral status of persons served and documents progress on the outcomes listed in personal plans.Assists in providing basic health care for persons served; takes temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiration, and applies simple dressings when necessary.Administers oral, rectal, vaginal, optic, ophthalmic, nasal, and topical medications, after certification by The Arc of the Ozarks and officials.Assists in the orientation of new employees.Takes appropriate action in case of fire and/or disaster. Encourages the development and maintenance of a safe environment for persons served in a residential setting including developing plans for evacuation assistance in case of emergency, using the on-call pager; and training in securing emergency services such as the police, the fire department, and an ambulance.Assists persons served in securing and effectively managing funds; ensuring theIndividuals choices of how these funds are spent, budgeting, etc.Assists in maintaining an inventory of supplies in the home.Performs other related work as assigned.Required Knowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesAbility to exercise good judgement and discretion.Ability to work varied and flexible hours, accept and adapt to changes in assignments, methods, policies, etc.Ability to work with and respect persons with disabilities and advocate for their rights.Ability to learn and apply crisis intervention and behavior support techniques.Ability to administer oral, rectal, vaginal, optic, ophthalmic, nasal, topical medications and insulin injections after certification by The Arc of the Ozarks and Missouri State officials.