Family Support Direct Support Professional

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Job Name: Family Support Direct Support Professional

SALARY: $12.15/hr

Family Support Direct Support Professional

POSITION STATUS: Varied Hours Work(s) a flexible schedule that varies in duration and frequency and is established by the In-Home Services Coordinator/Respite Coordinator and family in support of individual’s and family’s needs.

QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma or G.E.D., a valid NYS Driver’s License acceptable to agency insurance standards and satisfactory completion of agency/ OPWDD training program within six months of employment. Personal vehicle may be required, depending on individual residential habilitation requirements.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provide companionship and assistance to individuals with developmental disabilities in the home/community as reflected by the individuals’ needs, choices and desires.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

The individual support staff functions in several areas of responsibility as noted in the following sections. The common theme is to provide varying levels of support to the individual with a developmental disability based on a clear understanding of the individual and their desires and choices. The individual can range in age from infant to adult.

RESPITE SERVICES:

To provide in-home care for individuals with a developmental disability through companionship and other activities in recreation or leisure areas of interest. The provision of  in-home care allows the parent(s) and other family members to attend to their respective task or interests knowing that their son, daughter or relative is safe and well cared for.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Meets with the individual and family with In-Home Services Coordinator/Respite Coordinator prior to working to become familiar with the individual’s needs and the family’s concerns and interests.

2. Visits the individual’s home as scheduled and discusses with the individual and their family the activities for the respite period.

3. Provides direct support activities with the individual as detailed in the plan of services so as to enhance the individual’s self-advocacy, choice making and community membership.

4. Supports the individual in daily living and individual care routines. Joins the individual in recreation or socialization events in the home or in the community.

5. Remains in the home, as scheduled, until the return of the family and provides a safe, caring and enjoyable environment during the respite period.

6. Provides the family with information regarding the course of the respite experience, address with the family any concerns about the work experience.

7. Reports directly to the In-Home Services Coordinator/Respite Coordinator any concerns that stem from their respite periods or as voiced by the family.

8. Completes a progress note for each scheduled workday – listing hours worked and services provided. Signs, obtains parents’ and/or individual’s signature, and submits progress notes bi-weekly with Timesheets to the In-Home Services Coordinator/Respite Coordinator.

9. Submits progress notes, timesheets and reimbursement sheets as per program policies.

10. Calls In-Home Service Coordinator/Respite Coordinator and family when they cannot provide a scheduled respite for a family.

11. Submits all incident reports to the In-Home Services Coordinator/Respite Coordinator.

12. Attends all staff training as per agency policy and specialized training based upon family need.

13. Performs all job duties in a safe manner by observing all Agency safety rules, procedures and practices.

14. Performs all other duties as directed by the In-Home Services Coordinator/Respite Coordinator or Director of Family Support Services.

RESIDENTIAL HABILITATION SERVICES:

Implements direct support at home and/or in the community for individuals with a developmental disability. These activities are detailed in the Individual Support Plan that supports the overall themes and outcomes within the individual’s life. Provides bi-weekly reports to the In-Home Services Coordinator on the progress or obstacles in realizing the individual’s goals.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Meets with the individual and family with In-Home Services Coordinator or Respite Coordinator prior to working to become familiar with the individual’s needs and the family concerns and interests.

2. Visits the individual’s home as scheduled and discusses with the individual and family the activities for the Residential Habilitation period.

3. Provides direct support activities with the individual as detailed in the plan of services so as to enhance the individual’s competence, choice making and community membership.

4. Supports the individual in daily living and individual care routines. Joins the individual in recreation or socialization events in the home or in the neighborhood.

5. Remains in the home, as scheduled, until the return of the family and provides a safe, caring and enjoyable environment during the Residential Habilitation period.

6. Provides the family with information regarding the course of providing Residential Habilitation support, address with the family any concerns about the work experience.

7. Reports directly to the In-Home Services Coordinator or Respite Coordinator any concerns that stem from providing Residential Habilitation supports or as voiced by the family.

8. Contributes to planning with the individual and their team, either in person (by attending meetings) or by way of the In-Home Services Coordinator or Respite Coordinator through the following activities.

a. Learns about the individual’s needs and choices through conversation with the individual, family and team members.

b. Shares their observations and impressions with other team members in planning sessions that will contribute to the modification of services and supports within the Personal Support Plan.

9. Completes a progress note for each scheduled workday – listing hours worked and services provided. Signs, obtains parents’ signature and submits progress notes bi- weekly, with  Timesheets, to In-Home Services Coordinator.

10. Submits progress note, timesheets and reimbursement sheets as per program policies.

11. Calls In-Home Service Coordinator or Respite Coordinator and family when they cannot provide Residential Habilitation supports for a family.

12. Submits all incident reports to the In-Home Services Coordinator or Respite Coordinator.

13. Attends all staff training per agency policy and specialized training based upon family need.

14. Performs all job duties in a safe manner by observing all Agency safety rules, procedures and practices.

15. Performs all other duties as directed by the In-Home Services Coordinator or Respite Coordinator or Director of Family Support Services.