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AHRC Suffolk Direct Support Professional in Medford, New York

The Direct Support Professional instructs individuals in Activities of Daily Living and performs related work as requested. Under the immediate supervision of the House Manager. DSPs assist and instruct program individuals in the area of grooming, recreation, and activities of daily living, which may include toileting, feeding and showering.

Illustrative Examples of Work:

  • Assists in training and treatment plans as prescribed in specific areas under the direction of their supervisor.

  • Reports on program individuals’ progress as required.

  • Will assist program individuals with regard to recreational activities as stated on the monthly calendar.

  • Participate in staff meetings and in-service trainings as necessary or as indicated by their supervisor.

  • Assists program individuals with all grooming needs as required.

  • Driving of Agency vehicles for the purpose of program participant transportation, shopping, or other related ICF business.

  • Provide sensory and social stimulation to program individuals under the direction of the Recreational Therapist.

  • Will assist those program individuals during meal times that are in need of assistance by obtaining utensils for them, pouring drinks, arranging wheelchairs, and wiping mouths. No actual feeding should take place.

  • Other duties may include, but are not limited to: laundry, housecleaning, and procurement of groceries, meal preparation, and other tasks in maintaining an Intermediate Care Facility.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • To dress and comport oneself in a manner which is in keeping with good safety practices and which serves as an positive role model to individuals.

  • Ability to complete paperwork in a thorough and timely manner.

  • Ability to be flexible in terms of dealing with individual differences.

  • Ability to establish and maintain a good working relationship with individuals, family and community and other staff

  • Ability to relate to the community and to be sensitive to the role a group home plays in the community.

  • Ability to utilize proper body mechanics and transfer techniques.

Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • A High School Diploma or GED

  • NYS Driver's License with satisfactory driving record

  • Readiness to learn and utilize relevant agency computer applications.

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