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Direct Support Professional - Bellevue/Kirkland (Renton North) (21)

Company: Community Living
Location: Renton
Posted on: November 12, 2021

Job Description:

Provide instruction and support to adults with developmental disabilities to live independently in the community. Instruction and support services are based upon individual needs, wants, and desires. Services are focused on maintaining health and safety while promoting independence and an increased quality of life through consistent instruction and support.Community Living is currently paying a COVID premium of $2.25/hour in addition to the base wage. This is a temporary increase through 12/31/2021.Employees will earn an additional $10.00/hour hero pay for all hours worked in a positive client household during the pandemic emergency. This is a temporary through 12/31/2021.All employees are eligible for mileage and staff expense reimbursements.After 12 months of employment, all employees are eligible to participate in the agency's 401(k) plan.All regular full-time and part-time employees accrue personal leave.All employees earn sick leave (1 hour for every 40 hours worked).All employees are eligible to earn holiday pay.All full-time employees (30 hours/week or more) are eligible for medical, dental, vision and life.Direct Support Professional Duties:Client:

  • Supervise and support clients using established behavioral support plan in order to protect clients and self.
  • Ensure health and safety needs of clients are met.
  • Administer First Aid and CPR, as needed.
  • Recognize, document and follow-up on the health needs of clients in a timely manner.
  • Accompany clients to medical, dental and mental health appointments prepared with pertinent medical information to ensure that the client's health is maintained.
  • Document the results of medical appointments, including diagnosis, prognosis and instructions for care and medication in the client Medical Book.
  • Document and communicate changes in client health status or medication to Coordinator, LPN or Client Medical Coordinator (whichever is applicable).
  • Supervise and support clients in taking medication per doctor's orders. Complete documentation accurately.
  • Supervise and support clients to follow Health Professionals instructions.
  • Provide Nurse Delegated services in compliance with DDA Policy 6.19., if applicable.
  • Assist and instruct clients to plan menus, using nutritional guidelines to ensure that clients maintain a well-balanced diet. Ensure that any special dietary needs are followed.
  • Support and instruct clients in cooking and shopping for food, using training programs and established routines.
  • Support and instruct clients on all safety requirements.
  • Support and assist clients with their monthly budget, following agency financial policies and procedures. All financial documents are to be completed accurately, legibly and in their entirety, per agency policies and procedures.
  • Support and/or instruct clients with paying their bills on time and maintain their account ledgers, which should be accurate and error free. All financial documents are to be completed accurately, legibly and in their entirety, per agency policies and procedures. Any and all receipts must be kept and retained to be filed with the client's financial documents.
  • Accompany clients to the bank when necessary.
  • Assist and support clients to have power, control and ownership of their personal affairs and to make choices/decisions. Support and respect client's expressed preferences in following schedules and routines unless behavioral plan directs otherwise.
  • Encourage clients to pursue and explore individual interests through community resources, associations, clubs, etc.
  • Provide transportation for clients to work, recreational activities and appointments.
  • Support and instruct clients in maintaining and developing relationships with family, friends, and community members, using skills in conflict resolution, bridge building and responsible community participation. Routinely look for community opportunities to increase contact with community members.
  • Support and instruct clients to maximize self-reliance and increase independence.
  • Ensure clients receive opportunities to increase skills and self-reliance.
  • Instruct clients in activities of daily living to promote competence and self-esteem.
  • Support and instruct clients to behave, dress and groom in a manner that affords the client status and dignity.
  • Support and instruct clients to maintain a clean, personalized and safe home environment. Other:
    • Keep supervisor apprised of all beneficial and/or potentially detrimental situations affecting clients, employees, services, or compliance with regulatory documents.
    • Report and document all circumstances that suggest any health or safety risk to clients.
    • Follow all established safety guidelines.
    • Follow and document training and behavioral plans as directed by supervisor or consultant.
    • Other projects as assigned by management.
    • Attend team meetings.
    • Attend all-staff meetings and trainings.Minimum Qualifications:High school diploma or GED equivalent; at least 18 years of age at time of employment; proof of eligibility to work in the United States; possess a valid driver's license; an insured and safe automobile; must be able to read, write, speak and understand English.A criminal history and background check will be performed by DSHS. Candidates may not qualify if they have misdemeanor or felony charges or convictions. Convictions will not necessarily disqualify you from employment. Factors such as age and time of the offense, seriousness and nature of the violation, and rehabilitation will be taken into account. There can be no conflicts of interest with the hiring agency.A motor vehicle report will be performed. Candidates may not qualify if they have an unsatisfactory motor vehicle report.Physical Qualifications:Work is most often performed indoors; however, it is required to go outside to run errands, shop and attend appointments. Regularly wear protective gear, such as masks, rubber gloves and gowns.This position is very active and can require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling and climbing all day. The employee must frequently transfer, lift or move objects and clients weighing over 50 pounds. Physical ability to perform CPR and First Aid, as needed.Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to verbally communicate clearly with others.Preferred Qualifications:Prior experience working with individuals with developmental and/or learning disabilities.Working ConditionsThe Direct Support Professional has a high level of contact with clients and their families. Communication is made by telephone and in person on a daily basis; communication less often by letters and memos. Travel by vehicle is frequently required. May work in a group or as part of a team; less often work with nurses, doctors and other aides. May occasionally have to deal with upset guardians of clients. Clients rarely become physically combative.

Keywords: Community Living, Renton , Direct Support Professional - Bellevue/Kirkland (Renton North) (21), Other , Renton, Washington

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