Resources For Human Development, Inc. Direct Support Professional in St. Charlles, Missouri

Description/Job Summary

Blank Canvas Studios is a creative arts program for individuals with developmental disabilities, providing people of all ability levels the opportunity to create and be celebrated for their very special style of outsider art. We allow our artists the opportunity to create uninhibited art to the best of their ability. We are seeking Direct Support Associates.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Able to follow verbal and written instructions

  • Able to exercise good judgment and initiative in providing services and supports to the individuals

  • Assist/support individuals in training programs as specified in their Individual Program Plans and the home activity schedule

  • Provide direct assistance/support to the individuals as needed to perform the tasks of daily living and daily routines such as personal hygiene, dining skills, room care, household chores, etc.

  • Facilitate daily activities and routines with the individuals on assigned shift

  • Assist with individual s mobility as needed for those whose walk is unsteady and/or they rely on a wheelchair

  • Assist/support individuals during mealtimes to include meal preparation, family style dining, and clean-up. Use this time to teach and promote social skills

  • Attend and satisfactorily complete all scheduled mandatory orientation training, annual in-service and all other training as required and mandatory by governing standards and/or RHD

  • Complete any and all data collection, MAR s, observation notes and daily reports as instructed

  • Ensure individuals receive their medications as prescribed by their physician and documented on the Medication Administration Record (MAR).Specifically, make certain the correct medication(s), dosage, route and time have been given to the individual and documented appropriately on the MAR s

  • Access to vehicle in good working order to perform household related duties and transport individual ensuring all safe driving principles are observed

  • Assess the individual s abilities, interests, changes in health status, etc. on an on-going basis and document/report to the Manager

  • Participate in house staff meetings

  • Monitor individual s activities and assure all safety and health care practices are observed. Ensure universal precautions are observed

  • Use open, positive, encouraging interactions with the individuals that reflect dignity and respect while promoting their independence, ability to choose, rights and responsibilities

  • Must maintain a good attendance record for reporting to work on time as scheduled

  • Possess or acquire through staff training the ability to express and perform job duties that reflect a working knowledge of individuals rights, abuse and neglect, person-centered services, including personal Support Plans and goals of integrating persons with disabilities into the community

  • Maintain positive communications/relationships with the individuals, Support Coordinators, families, friends and other agencies involved with the individuals residing in the home

  • Complete all other duties as assigned

SKILLS NEEDED:

  • Good Organizational Skills

  • Good Oral and Written Communication Skills

  • Positive, supportive and encouraging personal interaction skills

  • Team Player

  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Valid Missouri Driver s License and a good driving record

  • Satisfactory completion of criminal background check as required by federal and/or state laws and any other post-offer pre-employment screenings as mandated by a governing agency or RHD

  • Some previous experience in supporting/assisting persons with developmental disabilities is preferred

Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.