Direct Support Professional (DSP)
This position provides support to adults with intellectual and physical challenges. Direct Support employees empower people to live independently in the community. DSP’s provide support to ensure optimal health & safety, assist people with daily living skills in order to improve their quality of life.
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Behavior must be professional at all times consistent with AKM of Tennessee, Inc. culture, mission, values, philosophy, policies and procedures. Treat individuals and others with dignity and respect. Assist individuals to lead safe and healthy lifestyles. Monitor and report changes in personal preferences, general health, appearance, behavior, and activity level. Maintain a clean, safe, and secure environment at all times.
Support individuals to follow pre-established orders by medical professionals.
Support individuals to plan and participate in daily activities such as household chores, recreational activities, physical fitness and money management. Assist with personal hygiene & toileting needs such as shaving, brushing teeth, bathing/showering, shampooing, and getting dressed. Complete all required AKM of Tennessee, Inc. and Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) training and earn medication administration certification for unlicensed personnel. Safely transport individuals in the community.
High school diploma (preferred), or equivalent
0-3 years working in human services, preferably with adults or children with intellectual disabilities
Pass a background check
Possess a valid TN driver’s license, proof of registration, and insurable driving record
Fluent in oral and written English
Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities required training and/or certifications preferred