Who we are looking for
If you are a dedicated professional with experience working with adults with cognitive challenges, we might have a place for you.
Qualifications for employment are subject to the regulations and guidelines mandated by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
- Medication Management
- Basic CPR/First-Aid
- Behavioral Management (Crisis Prevention Intervention)
- Food Safety
- Valid Drivers License
Job Descriptions and Requirements
Southside Group Homes is currently seeking Direct Support Professionals. Southside is look for compassionate and responsible individuals who are willing to make a difference in the lives of our individuals.
Direct Support Professional (DSP)
The DSP is responsible for carrying out each individual’s outcomes as described in the Individual Service Plan, as well as assuring that the individual’s personal desires are carried out to the greatest extent possible. DSP’s provide support to individuals in their day-to-day living in the home and in the community. The DSP assures that the Health and Safety of individuals is maintained and monitor for any changes in health status. DSP’s communicate positively and professionally with individuals and their families. DSP’s will maintain all required documentation of work performed and outcomes completed.
- Assure that all outcomes are completed for each individual and described in the Individual’s ISP.
- Provide assistance with ADL’s as needed, such as but not limited to toileting, bathing, dressing, changing soiled briefs, shaving, brushing teeth, and grooming.
- Provide adequate nutrition by preparing and serving healthy meals and assisting with feeding as necessary.
- Maintain a clean and sanitary home environment by regularly sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, cleaning sinks, toilets, counter tops and all other areas of the home.
- Provide assistance, including total assistance if needed, to individuals with domestic duties, such as laundry, making beds, and maintaining bedrooms clean and orderly.
- Coordinate and maintain personal schedule of individuals by providing transportation to all appointments (ex. medical, work, day support, community groups or churches)
- Create and maintain professional relationships with individuals, their families, case manager, staff members, and all other service providers.
- Document all work performed and outcomes completed according to licensing and company standards.
- Monitor individuals served for any changes in health status, such as but not limited to fatigue, lethargy, changes in appetite, rapid weight gain or loss, and any other significant changes. Notify your supervisor immediately of any changes.
- Assist Individuals with taking medications according to the “5 rights” of medication management.
- Have a working knowledge of Intellectual Disabilities and strategies for effective communication.
- Have a working knowledge of Health care and how to respond in emergency situations.
- Ability to communicate calmly and professionally with all people in any situation, including good listening and comprehension skills as well as good written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to provide assistance to individuals with personal hygiene.
- Ability to manage and respond to behavioral problems appropriately.
- Experience working with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and/or current CNA/PCA certification.
- Virginia Medication Aide Certified or completed an approved medication management course.