Advanced Independence believes in providing our best services for each of our families, therefore, we are seeking responsible, reliable, dedicated, and caring individuals. We strive to enrich our individuals and their families by encouragement and true belief that “Empowerment is Growth Within” and that “Every Moment is a Learning Moment”.
Direct Support Professional
Job Description: Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are men and women who provide Respite, Habilitation and Attendant Care services to our Consumers in their homes and/or in the community. Our Consumers vary in age from pre-school to adult, and have a variety of interests, activities and life-skill needs that DSPs can help facilitate and develop. DSPs and Consumers are paired based on mutual interests, availability and proximity.
- 18 years of age
- High School diploma or GED
- Three months caregiver experience
- Pass a fingerprint background check and drug test
- Email capability
- Reliable transportation
- CPR and First Aid Certified
- Must complete Article 9
Skills Required: DSPs must possess strong communication skills, a positive attitude, the ability to work independently and the desire to work with people who have developmental disabilities. Also must be able to lift at least 50 pounds.
What Makes a Good Direct Support Professional?A person who is good at providing direct care is someone who has patience and common sense, and who feels that individuals with developmental disabilities are entitled to the same care, respect, and affection as anybody else.
Good direct support professionals are problem solvers. They are open-minded and flexible. And they treat people the way they themselves like to be treated.
Advanced Independence helps people with disabilities receive the supports they need to lead independent, full and rewarding lives.
What you do
Depending on individual needs, you may perform physical tasks or provide guidance in activities of daily living, working directly with individuals in their homes and communities.
You may help with bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, and transferring in and out of a wheelchair. People providing this type of support need to be comfortable with the level of intimacy needed to provide these services. You may also help prepare meals, do household chores, and participate in leisure activities. Some people may require a different kind of support. You may have to remind the person to take medications or bathe, help arrange social activities, assist with paperwork and make phone calls. As always, it’s important to have a good understanding of what needs to be done and provide service in a gentle and respectful manner.
Referring others to become direct support professional
Many of our direct support workers learned about their jobs through family members and friends. Chances are you know people who also would like to work in this field.
You can help us find more direct support professional by referring them to us.
Direct support professionals come from all walks of life. They include people who have worked as computer operators, cab drivers, healthcare workers, retail clerks, librarians, security guards, bankers, and bakers. Others start right out of college, or are returning to work.
The common link between all our direct support professionals is they want to feel that the work they do is meaningful and helps others. They also want a job they can love. To refer a family member or a friend, call 602-439-7080.