Direct Support Professional-Lake County
Posted on: November 24, 2022
POSITION PURPOSE: Responsible to attend to personal health care
needs and perform person-centered 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
an individual's home or group settings within the agency or in the
community. 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. May be required to assist
with wheelchairs and walking devices. 5. May be required to keep a
license, insurance, and registration for a 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
For-Hire endorsement. 6. Provides 1:1 or small group training to
address individual participants needs such as those indicated on
the individual program plan. 7. Implements behavior plans as
designed to maximize behavior management concerns of clients
(participants) served. 8. Distributes medications to clients
(participants) assigned; responsibility is shared with co-workers.
9. Requires lifting of individuals to assist with personal care
needs and provides feeding assistance to clients (participants)
needing such help. 10. Provides client supervision to ensure
compliance with health and safety standards and to provide a safe,
secure environment in which basic human needs are met. 11. May
include hours other than agency stated hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. including holidays & weekends based on the program. 12. Will
follow all agency policies and procedures regarding the use and
release of confidential information and confidential PHI (protected
health information). 13. Will adhere to all agency policies and
procedures regarding ethics, client rights, and dignity of persons
served. 14. Adheres to Universal Precautions for all functions,
uses protective equipment as necessary. 15. 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.
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 artwork to use.
3. Have a variety of completed samples of craft or artwork 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 of 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 the direction of the
supervisor. ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Attends meetings,
in-services, and professional development activities, as necessary.
2. Assists to maintain inventory of program supplies and equipment
to conduct classroom and community-based activities. 3. May require
driving to participants' residences and/or transporting to and from
community sites for programming. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: 1. Good
public relations and communication skills. 2. Ability to recognize
and respond to medical and emergency needs. 3. Basic knowledge of
various disability types and the impact of functional limitations
in developmental learning. 4. Basic knowledge of curriculum
planning and instruction of classroom activities. 5. Valid driver's
license or PPC license (if required). Good driving record. 6. Must
provide Paladin, Inc. with ongoing, up-to-date "proof of vehicle
insurance" in employee's name for the vehicle driven while working
for Paladin. 7. Basic knowledge of local community organizations'
activities and events. 8. Ability to independently organize time
and duties to meet work floor and consumer demands. 9. Basic math
skills. COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Consumers (participants) Daily
personal contact to implement behavior plans, provide positive
reinforcement, teaching activities, and provide conflict
resolutions. Staff: Frequent daily personal contact to coordinate
program information, consistency, and coordination of services.
Caregivers: Daily written and/or verbal communication to share
requested information. Supervisor: Periodic personal contact, as
needed, to communicate program needs, needs for assistance,
scheduling, and input into client (participant) program plan
development. Community: Ability to investigate and facilitate
community opportunities for clients (participants) while favorably
representing the agency and enhancing the public's disabilities
awareness. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: a. Frequent lifting; may require
team lifting up to 150 lbs. b. Bending, reaching, pulling, to
assist consumers (participants) with toileting needs. c. Quick
reflexes and skill in non-aversive crisis intervention. d. Ability
to project voice, listen, and observe classroom areas. e. Frequent
lifting and carrying up to 75 lbs. f. Standing and walking the
majority of the day. g. Sitting to write records and in meetings.
h. Speaking, hearing, visual ability to communicate. i. Ability to
project voice, listen and observe program areas. j. Subject to
frequent interruptions k. Frequent hand washing l. Quick reflexes
and skill in non-aversive crisis intervention. m. Capacity to
handle extremes in environmental conditions (i.e. heat, cold). n.
May be subject to hostile and emotionally upset individuals
throughout the day. o. May be subject to infectious diseases.
MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: a. Patience and diplomacy in dealing with
difficult clients (participants), staff, family members and agency
staff. b. Ability to observe significant changes in conditions or
actions of clients (participants). c. Ability to work with minimal
supervision. d. Initiative and flexibility to handle changes in
routine. e. Compassion and concern for the well-being of people
with disabilities. f. Ability to work as a team member. g. Ability
to handle multiple tasks and/or demands of one's time from others.
h. Must be proficient in basic math skills; addition, subtraction,
fractions, multiplication, and division. TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT THAT
MAY BE USED a. Hoyer Lift and other assistive devices b. Hand tools
c. Tape Machines d. Shredder Machine e. SEA Lab and SEA Lab
Equipment f. Computers and software g. Audio/visual equipment h.
Power stapler gun i. Calculator j. Personal vehicle k. Chemicals,
such as paints, clay, solvents, hardeners l. Audiovisual equipment
m. Kiln n. Agency vehicles with or without vehicle tie-downs/lift
o. Other equipment as necessary EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS/JOB
EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or equivalent preferred One to two
years experience in social services, special education, nurse's
aide, and/or working with people with disabilities preferred.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: a. Compassion and concern for the
well-being of persons with disabilities. b. Must adhere to all
necessary safety requirements. c. Responsible for the safety of all
staff and clients (participants) under your supervision. d.
Understands the need for maintaining professionalism at all times.
e. May pursue grant opportunities and/or special projects. f. May
be asked to serve on various agency committees.
Keywords: Paladin, Gary , Direct Support Professional-Lake County, Other , Hobart, Indiana
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