Job Opportunity with Partner Agencies: Direct Support Professionals

Assist a team of passionate and caring people who make a difference in people’s lives. Agency providers in Athens County are now hiring temporary Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to provide direct care to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This may be in a group home, home-like setting.

What is a DSP?
• This video may help answer those questions.
• Also, hear directly from Gary Levox from Rascal Flatts about his experiences working as a DSP.

Essential Responsibilities/Job Duties
• Performing personal care tasks, including assistance with basic personal hygiene and grooming, feeding, and ambulation, medical monitoring, and health care related tasks. Fostering positive relationships between individuals served and their housemates
• Ensuring supported individual safety and maintaining a safe environment
• Assisting with toileting, including bedpans, urinals, and commode chairs
• Reminding/assisting supported individual with self-administration of medications (with proper training)
• Encouraging self-help activities
• Reporting changes in supported individual’s condition or family situation to the office
• Documenting services provided
• Performing home management functions such as light housekeeping, laundry, bed making, and cleaning
• Planning meals, shopping for groceries, preparing and serving food/meals, feeding and clean-up
• Accompanying supported individual to scheduled appointments
• Transporting supported individuals or running errands for supported individuals
• Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements
• High school degree/GED required
• 18 years of age or older
• Valid driver’s license (in most cases) and acceptable driving record
• Ability to work in a group home, home-like settings
• Ability to communicate (verbally and written) with all levels of personnel, internal and external to the company
• Ability to handle physical aspects of job, including bending, stooping, lifting, pushing, pulling, reaching, and walking for periods of time
• Must maintain state regulatory certifications, as required by state/program requirements
• Medication Administration as required by state/program requirements

Local Providers
Below is the list of local providers who currently offer DSP services to individuals in Athens County. They are listed in alphabetical order:

  • Buckeye Community Services
  • Echoing Hills
  • Family Support Services
  • HAVAR
  • Inclusions
  • ResCare
  • RHDD
  • Red Door
  • Sech-Kar
  • SOAR

If you are interested or wish to learn more, please contact:
Tristin Lawrence, SSA Manager for the ACBDD
(740) 541-9613
tlawrence@athenscbdd.org

About the Author

Arian Smedley