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Peak Community Services, Inc. Direct Support Professionals in Winamac, Indiana

Direct Support ProfessionalDirect Support Professionals (DSPs) provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities. We strive to help our clients live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Depending on the needs of the client, DSPs provide assistance with life skill development, health maintenance, medication administration, personal care and behavioral development.DSPs work in a number of settings including Group Homes (small residential homes that serve 2-8 people), Day Programs (life skills, pre-employment training, work services and habilitation programming), Home and Community Based Services (in-home care and supports) and Vocational Habilitation (job skill training and job placement).DSPs work to provide services that enrich the lives of our clients with an emphasis placed on creating an environment that encourages the client to experience a full life directly related to our mission of "Creating Opportunities/Supporting Success." DSPs provide respite, assist the client in participating in traditional daily and weekly activities, such as shopping at the grocery store, going to movies, enjoying hobbies, employment and vocational activities, etc. DSPs also advocate for clients to be fully integrated into community life. DSPs model acceptable social interactions, daily living skills, and assist in understanding how to further independence. Therefore, DSPs are required to maintain proper hygiene.Qualifications:Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and have a High School Diploma or GED. Must possess a valid Driver's License and pass required background checks.Report to:Program Director, Manager and/or CoordinatorWorking conditions:While working, you may be required to deal with the following conditions: 1) possible exposure to blood borne pathogens; 2) possible exposure to profanity, violent and/or offensive behavior from the clients; and 3) variable hours depending on job or job location, as Peak Community Services operates programs and services 24/7, 365 days a year.Required Knowledge, Skills and Ability:Must: 1) be able to lift up to 60 lbs., walk, bend, squat, turn in the knees, back, wrists and shoulders and grasp with both hand (in order to properly perform the techniques taught in CPR/First Aide, Client Intervention Techniques and Lifting and Carrying Techniques); 2) be able to see and hear with or without correction; 3) be able to speak, read and write in English; 4) be able to complete the Peak Community Services training programs and successfully pass associated test toCreating Opportunities - Supporting Successmeet competency requirements; 5) have basic computer skills including, but not limited to, sending and receiving e-mail, accessing web page, entering basic data, use of the Time Keeping System, and common use applications; 6) for some positions, employees must be able to pass a TB test; and 7) carry out other duties and responsibilities as assigned.DSP Essential Duties and Responsibilities:The focus of the DSP is to provide clients with the highest quality of support and services. Peak Community Services has an uncompromising commitment to quality and integrity. Employees are expected to perform their duties and responsibilities to this high standard of quality.Some of the duties and responsibilities vary in intensity and frequency depending on the assignment.Advocacy Assist clients with achieving personal goals; works on behalf of clients to overcome barriers; helps clients participate in activities of their choice; respects client's personal beliefs, choices and interests.Health MaintenanceProvides care and assistance to promote good health; administers medications according to physician instructions; records information regarding health events, conditions and status; provides First Aid and CPR and seeks emergency medical care when needed.Personal CareSupports clients with eating, grooming and toileting; assists clients with their mobility including lifting them from a seated or lying down