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Direct Support Specialist

Location: Trumbull
Posted on: August 8, 2022

Job Description:

Job DescriptionJob purpose:Responsible for the supervision and coordination of daily living skills including but not limited to personal care, recreation, meal prep, and household chores. Competencies: (6)

  • Ethics/Integrity: 25%
  • Person-Centered Supports: 15%
  • Promoting Physical and Emotional Well-being: 15%
  • Justice, Fairness and Equity: 15%
  • Self-Determination: 15%
  • Advocacy: 15%Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Promote choice, provide appropriate support and coordinate activities to foster individual well-being, growth and development.
    • Ensure individual's medical, dental, dietary, psychological and all other service recommendations and treatments are followed through as identified on the individual's Plan of Service.
    • Responsible for supervision and/or coordination of leisure skill activities, preparing meals, cleaning and household chores.
    • Conduct drills according as scheduled.
    • Receive direct supervision from the Senior Director of Residential Services, Director of Residential Services or designee.
    • Administer individual's medication/treatment in accordance with doctor's orders and agency's policies/procedures.
    • Assist with development and actively participate in the implementation of Individual Program Plans.
    • Record and maintain the following records in a timely, consistent and accurate manner: program and behavioral data, medical and medication records, including prescriptions, financial receipts, appointment books (including all scheduling as required); administer evaluations and assessments to individuals; transition book or other applicable staff communication books; all other related records as required. Complete Therap as required.
    • Maintain communication and contact between programs, IDT members, parents/guardians as needed.
    • Maintain all standards consistent with DDS and all other certification requirements of a community residence.
    • Actively participate, communicate and advocate as a team member on the residential team, interdisciplinary team, and with community providers.
    • Knowledgeable of and ensure the protection of each individual's rights and safety and maintain confidentiality in accordance with agency's policies and procedures.
    • Track and complete mandatory in-services according to established timelines.
    • Intervene in emergency or behavioral situations as needed.
    • Maintain a home atmosphere, assure a clean/ and safe living environment and well-balanced meals for the individuals.
    • Follow weekly menu, prepare a shopping list, purchase food with participation by individuals on a weekly basis and prepare meals with participation of individuals.
    • Provide relief coverage in assigned homes and have the flexibility to work within the various community residences.
    • Carry out any necessary errands/responsibilities for the efficiency of program.
    • Other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.Qualifications:
      • One to two years of experience working with persons with disabilities in a residential setting.
      • Valid Driver's License and ability to possess a State of CT Public Service License.
      • Must maintain a satisfactory driving record.
      • You are required to be in possession of a car on site during your entire shift to transport yourself and/or individuals served to community sites in all weather conditions and throughout all neighborhoods.
      • Depending upon assignment, must be able to work in a variety of settings and locations.
      • Must maintain PMT and CPR certification and eligible for DDS medication certification.
      • Knowledge and skills in Microsoft Office and the internet.Physical Requirements:
        • Provide hands on personal care which may include toileting, feeding, cleaning and all other activities of daily living skills.
        • Ability to transfer individuals requiring personal hygiene care.
        • Have physical endurance to use physical crisis intervention techniques which may include restraining individuals.
        • Provide physical intervention which may include lifting, mobility, first aid, and safety evacuations.
          • Ability to lift up to 50lbs
          • Have the physical endurance to use PMT holds.
          • Have the physical endurance to be able to lift and transfer individuals as assigned.Monday thru Friday8am to 4pm40 hours

Keywords: THE KENNEDY CENTER INC., New England , Direct Support Specialist, Other , Trumbull, Northeast

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