Objective – The Direct Service Provider (DSP) provides relief to parents/guardians of children and/or adults with disabilities by providing care and supervision to the individual with disabilities (client). Common disabilities clients may have are Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Seizure Disorder and Developmental Delay.
Description of Service Types
Respite services are defined as the intermittent or regularly scheduled temporary, non-medical care provided to a client. Respite services are used to assist family members to maintain the client in their home environment.
Day Care/Personal Assistance services are used to help people with disabilities perform tasks and supervise their daily routine that they are unable to do for themselves.
Expectations – A DSP is expected to provide appropriate care and supervision to ensure the client’s safety in absence of family members while relieving them from the constant demanding responsibility of caring for the client.
Tasks – A DSP may need to be accommodating and available based on the families’ needs. You may be asked to be involved in the client’s activities such as exercise routines like walking or playing or possibly studying. You may be asked to remain indoors or spend time outdoors. You may be required to perform minor chores, light meal preparation or similar tasks.
Personal Care – A DSP may be required to assist in toileting, turning, bathing, errands, appointments, and other activities of daily living.
Basic Abilities Needed to Perform the Job as a DSP:
- Must have the ability to set limits, supervise and maintain a safe and positive environment
- Must have the ability to engage the child/adult client in a manner appropriate to their skill level
- Must have the ability to provide services to the client in a friendly, patient and caring manner
- Must have the physical ability to transfer and/or lift a client from a wheelchair to a toilet, to a bed, et cetera, and possibly chase if the client runs toward any dangerous situation
- Must have the ability to initiate and receive verbal communications between managers, clients, and parents regarding how to deliver service and resolve issues
- Must be able to provide references who can verify successful employment and/or volunteering experience
- Must be able to arrive at work on time and as scheduled, and be able to complete your timesheets appropriately, track your hours based on assignments given to you by office staff, and do not work more than approved
- Must be able to keep office staff informed at all times of current of phone numbers, email address, and residential/mailing address