Direct Support Personnel DSP/CNA
Individual Advocacy Group, Inc. - Rock Island, IL

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General Duties:

• Reinforces proper behavior, communication/language, interpersonal exchange, etc., in order to obtain normalized development or improve independent functioning.
• Supports and encourages everyday use of learned skills and abilities as part of the natural daily routine in order to maximize normalized development and independent functioning.
• Performs health related tasks including taking blood pressure/temperature, checking skin condition, colostomy care assistance, positioning, etc., using prescribed procedures or following QIDP/Nurse instructions in order to maintain each individual’s health, safety and welfare.

Organizational:

• Exchanges with, receives from or provides to diagnostic staff, colleagues or supervisor information about the individual or individual’s program in verbal or written format as required in order to maintain records, plan or implement services.
• Formulates individual’s objectives and evaluates individual’s performance on assigned objectives examining outcome against states criteria, using rating scales, tracking sheets, monthly progress reports, etc., in order to ensure personal growth and improvement in specific skill acquisition.
• Completes required reports, forms, progress notes, etc., using performance records and established guidelines in order to fulfill agency requirements.
• Performs regular census using required forms at designated times in order to ensure the day-to-day functioning of the unit and to comply with guidelines.
• Participates in various regularly scheduled duties first aid, bus duty, break duty, dining duty, fire and tornado drills, etc., in accordance with assigned schedules and regulations in order to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the individuals.
• Achieves competency or certification in first aid, CPR, Medication Administration tasks or other required skills within prescribed timeframes in accordance with agency’s policies and procedures in order to fulfill agency requirements and to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the individuals.
• Inspects/monitors individuals for appropriateness or status of clothing, personal hygiene, behavior, skin condition, etc., in reference to standards and taking corrective action following prescribed procedures if required in order to maintain the health, safety and welfare and maintain the dignity, self-respect and self-esteem of each individual.
• Substitutes for absent co-workers in performance of assigned duties with direction from supervisor in order to ensure the date-to-day functioning of the unit.
• Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned by supervisor in order to ensure day-to-day functioning of the unit.
• Other duties as assigned

Mandatory Job Qualifications • Client: Trains/coaches/assists individual in personal hygiene and ADL skills, bathing, toileting, shaving, etc., using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain further development in independent functioning.
• Trains/coaches/assists individual in eating meals or meal preparation and clean-up including swallowing, chewing, use of utensils, meal preparation, etc., using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain and maintain further development in independent functioning.
• Trains/coaches/assists individual in dressing skills including putting on or taking off clothing, manipulating fasteners, identifying types of clothing, personal possessions of clothes, etc., using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain further development in independent functioning.
• Trains/coaches/assists individual in communication skills including eye contact, tracking speaker or object, language development, use of argumentative communication devices, etc., using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain further development in independent functioning.
• Trains/coaches/assists individual in mobility skills including development of walking, use of wheelchairs, walkers, canes or other equipment supporting mobility using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain further development in independent functioning.
• Trains/coaches/assists individual in appropriate interpersonal interactions and social situations including eye contact, proper holding and touching, facial responses to others, playing meeting others, etc., using instructional methods according to individual needs and goals in order to obtain normalized individual development and normalized socialization.
• Implement activities, situational experiences or leisure time for individuals using necessary equipment, vehicles, events or sites in accordance with daily routine, written schedule or QIDP’s instructions according to individual interests, needs and goals in order to obtain normalized development, normalized socialization, and for fun.
• Accompanies individuals on medical appointments, field trips, appointments or events away from home site using necessary vehicles or public transportation in accordance to individual needs, goals, and planned events or in emergencies following instructions from QIDP, Nurse or Supervisory personnel to maintain health, safety and welfare.
• Organizational: Discusses individual’s response to IPP implementation, significant events or individual’s participation in everyday activities with QIDP, IDT staff or supervisory staff in accordance with prescribed procedures in order to accomplish organizational related to agency requirements and state or federal guidelines.
• Collects specific information from individual’s relations, co-workers who have contact with the child, and monitors individual’s records, etc. in order to accomplish organizational objectives related to agency requirements and state or federal guidelines.
• Establishes lesson plans for training areas assigned and files/updates records in individual’s charts in order to accomplish organizational objectives related to agency requirements and state or federal guidelines.

Desired Qualifications Education/Experience:
• High School Diploma or GED.

Skills/Knowledge:

• Follows methods and procedures in delivery of instructional, training and support services.
• Knowledge of and implementation of each designated individuals’ needs, goals, interventions and supports.
• Completion of required records keeping, reports and assignments.
• Quality of interactions with supervisor, unit staff, individuals and outside individuals.
• Efficient/cost effective use of time, materials and human resources.
• Quality of coordination of work and monitoring of work performance.
• Proficient in word processing, data base management, and spreadsheet, e.g., Word Access or Excel.
• Must possess strong interpersonal skills.
• Must possess a valid driver’s license
• Must possess current vehicle insurance
• May be required to move or lift up to 40 lbs
• Must be over 25 to operate an agency vehicle.

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