Direct Support Professional

  • Developmental Enterprises Corporation
  • Montgomery County, PA, USA
  • Apr 13, 2018
Full time Medical/Health Care Other/General/Entry-Level

Job Description

Safety: Security, Environment, Health

Maintains an environment that is healthy, safe, peaceful and comfortable

Administers medication in accordance with medical provider directions and DEC\State of Pennsylvania policies

Gains and maintains knowledge of health and medical issues for all assigned individual(s) supported

Assists individual(s) supported with healthcare visits, medications and therapy plans.  Notifies appropriate supervisor of any health concerns or needs for the individual(s) supported

Follows all policies and procedures regarding safety in all environments


Programmatic: Choice, Active treatment, Community resources

Implements individual support plans as written

Provides assistance and support to individual(s) in activities of daily living

Teaches appropriate skills and involves individual(s) supported in meaningful and valued activities

Provides and seeks out opportunities for individual(s) supported to make choices

Obtains knowledge of individual(s) supported desired outcomes and works to ensure they are integrated into daily activities


Rights, Dignity and Respect:

Incorporates time, space, and opportunity for privacy in the life of individual(s) supported

Maintains strict confidentiality of all personal information concerning individual(s) supported

Knows, advocates and respects the rights of individual(s) supported

Treats all individual(s) supported, families, coworkers and supervisors with dignity and respect


Community involvement:

Demonstrates the importance of community involvement, social interactions, and maintaining relationships

Develops and facilitates community connections and relationships

Assists individual(s) supported in developing and following a person centered schedule

Aids individual(s) supported to participate in activities of their choosing

Provides opportunities for activities in various settings and transportation as needed

Encourages individual(s) supported to give back to the community


Customer Service and Excellence:

Exhibits professional behavior towards the individual(s) supported, families, coworkers, and supervisors

Maintains the property of the agency and of the individual(s) supported

Networks with coworkers, the community and other professionals to find better ways to include individual(s) supported in routine life activities

Builds inclusive opportunities in the community for individual(s) supported



Handles and maintains individual/agency finances ethically, honestly and accurately with appropriate documentation and receipts

Follows all agency policies and procedures

Provides emergency coverage when requested by management

Takes initiative in performing additional tasks as needed or as assigned

Provides clear, accurate and timely records and documentation


Professional Conduct:

Provides positive and appropriate feedback to coworkers, team members, supervisors and agency representatives

Participates in and completes periodic training and certification as required

Reports all concerns to the appropriate supervisor in a timely manner

Mentors and trains new staff to ensure that the workplace is a positive and productive environment

Attends and participates in all assigned meetings, sharing ideas, discussing issues openly and honestly

Maintains confidentiality of records/information according to HIPAA, State, Federal laws and guidelines

Reports all instances of abuse, neglect, mistreatment and exploitation immediately to the appropriate supervisor

Displays conduct in the community that enhances the image of individual(s) supported and the agency

Qualifications Direct Support Professional

At least 18 years of age

Valid driver’s license for at least 3 years, acceptable driving history and if personal car use, proof of auto insurance as required

High school diploma or equivalent

Ability to pass mandatory drug screen and physical

Pass a criminal history and personal background checks

Requires basic language, written and computer skills necessary for communication and documentation

Ability and willingness to assist individual in activities of daily living including bathing, toileting and other self help skills