Direct Support Professional Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Direct Support Professional, or Direct Support Care Professional, cares for individuals experiencing developmental or intellectual disabilities or illnesses. Their main duties include helping patients complete basic housekeeping tasks, transporting patients to appointments or other social outings and keeping patients safe from potential health hazards in their surrounding environment.

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Direct Support Professional duties and responsibilities 

Direct Support Professionals work with individuals with mental or developmental disabilities by creating behavior plans, teaching self-care skills, cooking meals and doing laundry. Additional duties may include: 

  • Assisting clients with daily personal tasks, including bathing and dressing
  • Completing housekeeping tasks such as vacuuming, washing dishes and tidying
  • Helping plan client appointments and organize a schedule
  • Organizing with transportation arrangements to appointments
  • Shopping for groceries and preparing meals that meet specific client dietary needs
  • Encouraging client engagement in social networks and communities

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Direct Support Professional

Would you love to play a role in helping one of the world's most innovative and successful companies? We're looking for dedicated individuals who are inspired and motivated to work smart and work hard in a team environment. As a delivery associate, you will be the face of our company while also representing Amazon and its values to our customers. It will be your job to consistently exceed customer expectations by making sure all orders are delivered with a smile, on time, safely, and to the right location.

A perfect candidate for this position has a Customer Centric culture and is always thinking on how to improve the customer experience with each delivery made.

For this job you will use one of the company's cargo vans to deliver between 150 and 250 daily packages. Delivery Associates will be scheduled to work between 20 and 30 hours per week and routes are between 8 and 10 hours long with 30 minutes paid lunch time.

This job position is perfect for someone looking for flexible schedules and to be complemented with other flexible jobs such as ride sharing.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $15.00 to $15.50 /hour

Experience:

  • relevant: 1 year (Preferred)

  • dsp: 1 year (Preferred)

    License:

  • driver's license (Required)

    Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

    Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses

    Work Location:

  • On the road

  • One location

    Benefits:

  • Paid time off

  • Health insurance

    This Company Describes Its Culture as:

  • Detail-oriented -- quality and precision-focused

  • Aggressive -- competitive and growth-oriented

  • Outcome-oriented -- results-focused with strong performance culture

  • Team-oriented -- cooperative and collaborative

    Schedule:

  • Weekends Day 10 hour shift
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    Direct Support Professional

    We are still interviewing and hiring for open positions!

    Misericordia Home offers a continuum of care to over 600 children and adults with mild to profound developmental disabilities, some of whom also have physical disabilities and medical issues. We offer a wide range of programs to help each person live as independently as possible through a spectrum of residential options on its 31-acre Chicago campus and in the community, and with a wide variety of programs.

    The Misericordia community needs hard working, dependable, compassionate and motivated individuals to give of themselves to help enrich the lives of our residents.

    Job description and Qualifications:

  • This is an entry level position working directly with our residents and no previous experience working in this field is required.

  • DSPs help our residents with tasks throughout the day and provide direct care such as toileting, showering and feeding our residents. DSPs also assist our residents with various recreational activities, programs and goals.

  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED.

  • We are hiring for full-time and part-time for the day (7a-3p), evening (3p-11p) and overnight (11p-7a) shifts.

  • 5 weeks of full time paid training is provided and required to become certified as a DSP at Misericordia Home (regardless of previous training).

    We offer a competitive hourly rate, a comprehensive benefit package, which includes partial tuition reimbursement after 1 year of employment for those who are pursuing higher education and many opportunities for growth!

    If you are interested in making a positive impact in the lives of our wonderful residents please apply directly on our website at [website] to be fully considered for a position.

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

    Salary: $14.50 to $17.00 /hour

    Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Required)

    Language:

  • English (Required)

    Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

    Shifts:

  • Morning (Preferred)

  • Evening (Preferred)

  • Graveyard (Preferred)

    Work Location:

  • One location

    Benefits:

  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off

  • Tuition reimbursement

    Schedule:

  • Weekends required

  • Holidays required

  • 8 hour No
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    Direct Support Professional

    Misericordia Home offers a continuum of care to over 600 children and adults with mild to profound developmental disabilities, some of whom also have physical disabilities and medical issues. We offer a wide range of programs to help each person live as independently as possible through a spectrum of residential options on its 31-acre Chicago campus and in the community, and with a wide variety of programs.

    The Misericordia community needs hard working, dependable, compassionate and motivated individuals to give of themselves to help enrich the lives of our residents.

    Job description and Qualifications:

  • This is an entry level position working directly with our residents and no previous experience working in this field is required.

  • DSPs help our residents with tasks throughout the day and provide direct care such as toileting, showering and feeding our residents. DSPs also assist our residents with various recreational activities, programs and goals.

  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED.

  • We are hiring for full-time and part-time for the day (7a-3p), evening (3p-11p) and overnight (11p-7a) shifts.

  • 5 weeks of full time paid training is provided and required to become certified as a DSP at Misericordia Home (regardless of previous training).

    We offer a competitive hourly rate, a comprehensive benefit package, which includes partial tuition reimbursement after 1 year of employment for those who are pursuing higher education and many opportunities for growth!

    If you are interested in making a positive impact in the lives of our wonderful residents please apply directly on our website at [website] to be fully considered for a position.

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

    Salary: $14.50 to $17.00 /hour

    Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Required)

    Language:

  • English (Required)

    Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

    Shifts:

  • Morning (Preferred)

  • Evening (Preferred)

  • Graveyard (Preferred)

    Work Location:

  • One location

    Benefits:

  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off

  • Tuition reimbursement

    Schedule:

  • Weekends Holidays Day Night 8 hour Overnight shift
  • What does a Direct Support Professional do? 

    Direct Support Professionals typically work in healthcare facilities, helping patients with disabilities complete tasks and stay safe in their environment. They usually work with the patient and their Physician to better understand their challenges, needs and health status, and perform tasks to support this condition and tend to their needs. Direct Support Professionals perform basic housekeeping duties the patient is unable to complete, like cleaning and meal preparation. 

    The Direct Support Professional is also responsible for creating a safe, positive and encouraging atmosphere for the patient. They work closely with the patient to enhance their decision-making skills and encourage them to engage in more activities that will help strengthen their physical and mental health. Direct Support Professionals often teach patients how to complete certain tasks on their own to promote a more independent and satisfying lifestyle.

    Direct Support Professional skills and qualifications 

    Direct Support Professionals demonstrate a variety of professional skills and qualifications, which can include: 

    • Attention to detail, especially when adhering to specific protocols and rules while carefully following instructions to care for the needs of the client
    • Integrity to ensure clients feel safe and comfortable when tending to personal activities such as helping them bathe
    • Trustworthiness and dependability so clients and their families feel comfortable relying on them
    • Interpersonal skills when working with clients, including having compassion and being sensitive to their emotional needs when they are in extreme distress or pain 
    • Physical stamina when performing tasks such as lifting or turning their clients

    Direct Support Professional salary expectations 

    A Direct Support Professional makes an average of $12.29 per hour. Pay rate may depend on a candidate’s education, experience level or geographical location. 

    Direct Support Professional education and training requirements 

    While not all employers require it, a Direct Support Professional usually needs a high school diploma or equivalent. Vocational schools and community colleges also offer postsecondary non-degree award programs. A Direct Support Professional may be trained in housekeeping tasks or learn basic safety techniques, including how to respond to emergencies. If state certification is required, specific training may be needed.

    Training on basic nutrition, infection control, reading and recording vital signs and personal hygiene can be completed on-the-job or via specialized programs. In addition, clients may have individualized preferences that require Direct Support Professionals to take time to become comfortable before working with them. 

    Direct Support Professional experience requirements 

    Direct Support Professionals who work for agencies receiving Medicaid or Medicare reimbursement must receive a minimal level of training in addition to passing a competency evaluation to become certified. Some states allow a Direct Support Professional to complete a competency exam instead of participating in training to become certified. Most employers will require Direct Support Professionals to be CPR certified. 

    Additional certification requirements vary from state to state with some only requiring on-the-job training that employers usually provide. Other states require formal training available from home health care agencies, elder care programs, vocational schools and community colleges. Most states conduct background checks on all prospective Direct Support Professionals.

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    Frequently asked questions about Direct Support Professionals

     

    What makes a good Direct Support Professional?

    Since Direct Support Professionals spend a large majority of their time interacting with patients, strong communication, interpersonal and listening abilities are needed to be successful in their role. They should be empathetic and dedicated to finding ways to improve the health and wellbeing of their patients. 

    Direct Support Professionals must regularly take and store detailed reports on their patients’ progress to later report to their Physician, so strong organizational skills are important for an impressive candidate to have. They should also work well under pressure and calmly handle high-stress emergency situations, as patients’ health may drastically and unexpectedly change.  

     

    Do Direct Support Professionals have different jobs in different industries?

    Direct Support Professionals typically hold the same duties of caring for patients with disabilities wherever they work. Some may serve in retirement homes, working with several elderly patients to improve their physical health and complete basic house chores. 

    Others travel to patients’ homes and may spend the whole day with them, taking them to and from social outings, performing basic housekeeping tasks and teaching them how to be more independent. There are also some Direct Support Professionals who work with children to help improve their physical health and teach them ways to more efficiently function in their everyday life with their disabilities. 

     

    What's the difference between a Direct Support Professional and a Caregiver?

    Caregivers primarily complete basic tasks for patients, like housekeeping and transporting them to and from outings. Direct Support Professionals not only complete these same tasks, but also teach and encourage the patient to complete these tasks independently. They also regularly educate the patient on how to adjust to a lifestyle with a disability. Direct Support Professionals typically receive additional training and experience to help them complete these additional tasks, while Caregivers have enough training to only complete basic chores and duties for patients. 

     

    Who do Direct Support Professionals usually report to?

    Direct Support Professionals typically report to the patient’s Physician. They’ll work with the Physician to establish the health status and needs of the patient. The Physician will educate the Direct Support Professional on how to properly assist and care for the patient. 

    Direct Support Professionals take notes of the patients’ progress and report these results to the Physician, who may then adjust the patients’ health care and treatment plans accordingly. If the Direct Support Professional has any concerns or questions about their patients’ health, they’ll receive guidance and advice from the Physician.

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