Direct Support Professional (DSP)

at New Leaf Residential Services Inc
Location Akron, Oh
Date Posted June 29, 2021
Category Default
Job Type Full-time


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Job Description:

  1. Serves as primary service provider for one or more individuals as assigned. Trains clients to function independently in self help and/or daily living skills which may include but not limited to personal hygiene, meal preparation, etc. Provides continuous active treatment through goal oriented activities which are consistent with the individual’s habilitation plan. Implements all appropriate programs as set forth in the habilitation plan and documents the outcome of each session. Writes daily and monthly summaries that are understandable and may be useful in the planning and monitoring of Individual Habilitation Plans. Intervenes in behavior problem situations as they arise, using only approved techniques and/or a specific behavior program if one exists. Maintains a clean and safe environment within the residence, in approved vehicles, and at any outing site.


  1. Maintains records (e.g. log data, program information and any unusual occurrence) of client progress, unusual incidents, MARs forms, medication reactions and client personal possession inventories. Completes necessary forms (e.g. MARs forms, purchase orders, incident reports) Reports to management any needs of the individual or program which has been designed but is not being met.



  • Assists in gathering behavioral baseline data (e.g. work with individual and perform personal observation) and information about the individuals performance level in the areas of communication, daily living skills, ambulation, socialization, etc. Uses this and other information to assist the individual’s team in the development of habilitation objectives.


  1. Responsible for knowing the whereabouts of each assigned individual at all times or as specified in the ISP. Transports, in personal vehicle, supervises and assists individuals throughout various activities/events during the daily routine, including but not limited to, doctor’s appointments, shopping trips, scheduled activities, barber/beautician appointments, family visits, etc. Attends meetings and in-service training and performs other related duties as necessary.


Minimum Acceptable Characteristics: At least 18 years of age or older upon employment. Knowledge of state and company standards for resident care, skill in direct care support procedures, (e.g. taking of vital signs, personal grooming, appropriate lifting and positioning procedures, first aid). Ability to deal with problems involving several variables within familiar context; maintain accurate records; cooperate with co-workers; develop good rapport with consumers and demonstrate physical strength to lift at least 50lbs. Valid Ohio driver’s license, personal vehicle insurance at state minimum guidelines, and a safe working vehicle must be at the site at all times. Ability to read with concrete vocabulary and write accurate legible summaries. Successful completion of all required background checks.

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