Indian Creek Foundation
  • Souderton, PA, USA
  • 11.00
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, 401-K, and $1000 Sign on Bonus for all new DSP's

General Responsibilities

The Direct Support Professional will provide guidance, support and direct hands-on-care to the individuals served in the vocational, day and older adults programs. Responsibilities include facilitating group and individual activities related to work, leisure, education and well-being. Activities may take place in a structured facility or in the community.

Essential Duties

Provide quality support and care to individuals served and promote their inclusion in the broader community. Assist individuals in advocating for themselves and utilizing their skills, interests and exploring new work, leisure and educational experiences.

  1. Enhance work and/or life skills of assigned individuals in accordance with ISP Outcomes.
  2. Provide individualized attention, which encourages each individual's ability to maintain or attain the highest practical physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being
  3. Teach the appropriate functional skills, ADL skills, and work skills as needed
  4. Teach other instructional time and rehabilitation curriculum (e.g. hygiene, food preparation, communication, simulated work, etc.)
  5. Provide input on progress on goals and ISP Outcomes
  6. Ensure health and safety of individuals served
  7. Attend to personal needs of individuals, which may include assistance with grooming, bathing, oral hygiene, feeding, incontinent care, toileting, transferring, ambulation range of motion, communication, or other needs in keeping with the individuals' care requirements
  8. Maintain the privacy, and dignity of each individual in the delivery of services to them. Interact with individual in a manner that displays warmth and promotes a caring environment through verbal and non verbal interactions.
  9. Responsible for promptly reporting and responding to incidents or evidence of individual abuse or neglect; unusual incidents based on regulations or agency policies; violation of individuals' rights.
  10. Provide assistance to individuals using lifts, transfers and safety techniques as required or needed. Must also demonstrate ability to use mechanical lifting devices and follow proper agency lifting procedures.
  11. Must provide medical assistance to individuals served, such as First Aid, CPR, and/or Heimlich maneuver as trained by the agency. Must also adhere to protocols set forth by the Nursing Department and perform these tasks as trained by Nursing
  12. Provide quality control oversight and correction for subcontract and/or in-house work as needed
  13. Assist with shipping, receiving, and processing of subcontract and/or in-house work as needed
  14. Responsible for the general up-keep of the work place including general housekeeping, assistance with lunches and laundry as necessary
  15. Perform all job responsibilities in accordance with prescribed safety and infection control procedures, including thorough hand washing, use of disposable gloves where indicated, and proper disposal of soiled materials
  16. Communicate and interact effectively and tactfully with the individual served, visitors, family members, peers, and supervisors.

Other Duties

  1. Assist immediate supervisor with tasks to support program and/or department operations as assigned; may also be assigned special projects
  2. Assist in the development of community inclusive experiences and programming opportunities for individuals
  3. Complete 24 hours of annual training as required by regulation; attend additional training as required by the program/department


Functions as a member of the Team:

  1. Cooperates and works together with all co-workers; plan and complete job duties with minimal direct supervision, including appropriate judgment.
  2. Uses tactful and appropriate communications in all situations.
  3. Report and follow up regarding reported complaints, problems and concerns with appropriate personnel.
  4. Promotes positive public relations with individuals served, family members, other team members and community.
  5. Completes requirements for training, acceptable attendance, dress codes including personal hygiene, and other work duties as assigned.
    • Complete all documentation to ensure compliance with all regulations and agency policies.
    • Exhibits behavior as set forth by the Code of Conduct in the performance of their duties
    • Must complete and pass criminal background check, drug screening, physical, and all clearances.    
    • Qualifications

      Education/Training: A high school diploma or equivalent.

      Skill(s): Ability to read and write in English, moderate mathematics skills required; proficient interpersonal relations and communicative skills; auditory and visual skills; satisfactory completion of post-offer pre-employment physical exam and drug test as required. Completion and clearance of a criminal background check and a child abuse clearance.

      Physical Requirements: Ability to perform the physical duties required. Must have adequate mobility that allows for frequent walking, standing, bending, stooping, kneeling, reaching (vertical and horizontal), using fingers, hands, feet, legs and torso in providing various care tasks. The employee must be able to regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds and occasionally must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, including transferring of client.

      Experience: Experience working with individuals experiencing Intellectual Disabilities preferred.

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