Direct Support Professional 

We are always hiring Direct Support Professionals!

Direct Support Professionals work in or with all of our service departments.

Direct support professionals provide our supports individualized to community integration activities as well as helping with some Living Support services through Customized In-Home Supports Services and Customized Community Supports Services.

Supported Living and Family Living (Living Supports) services are intended to provide persons with assistance and support needed in a home environment in order to increase or maintain an individual’s capacity for independent functioning, self-determination, interdependence, productivity and integration in the community. Living supports are designed for individuals for whom no other residential options are available or for who respite/personal care and other supports cannot meet the needs of the individual. The services encourages, counsels, supports, and assists individuals to maintain a safe and healthy living environment; to maintain good health and nutrition, including nutritional counseling, and the safe and appropriate use of medications. Programmed activities are designed to increase or maintain the individual’s independence in the areas of self-help, socialization, communication, leisure/recreational and adaptive skills for daily living. (DD Waiver Standard, Effective 12/1/98, p,20)

Living Support Services Direct Support Professional staff works to ensure that services are designed to meet the needs of each individual participant. These services are designed to augment, not replace an individual’s natural living supports, e.g. family, friends, or community services. Living Support service/Customized Community Support includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Behavior supports/implementation; activities in support of therapy plans
  • Training, education, and experience on rights and responsibilities in the community.
  • Provide transportation for activities of daily living
  • Personal care
  • Individual health maintenance and monitoring
  • Transportation to medical and dental appointments
  • Reminding/observing/monitoring of medication and pharmacy needs
  • Assistance with self-administration
  • Education and administration (using certified aides or nursing staff)
  • Nursing
  • Assistance with the development of choice making skills
  • Assistance with the development of natural support networks to replace paid supports
  • Development of social and individual relationships
  • Employee will have extensive knowledge of individuals’ personal outcomes
  • Employee will provide appropriate support to people in obtaining personal outcomes
  • Ensure the maintenance and development of social roles
  • Ensure the maintenance and development of vocational pursuits
  • Assistance to the individual who requires a wheelchair for mobility and needs physical assistance for toileting and transfers
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Educational pursuits
  • Assistance with money management
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Routine household care including cleaning
  • Complete a cleaning check list every shift
  • Community integration/access/utilization
  • Leisure time management
  • Development and maintenance or recreation/leisure/exercise activities
  • Training and education on self advocacy and sexuality

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in treatment team meetings
  • Provide therapeutic counseling or intervention as needed
  • Adapt environment to meet the needs of the individual
  • Work directly with individuals
  • Complete daily charting by noon the following day
  • Comply with all ABWL’s policies and procedures
  • Comply with all NM State Regulations and DDSD Regulations
  • Attend necessary Therap and ABWL trainings
  • Provide all transportation to all activities as needed

 

Job Location:

  • Albuquerque, NM

 

Required education:

  • High school or equivalent

 

Required experience:

  • Caregiving: 1 year

 

Required license or certification:

  • Valid Drivers License

 

Click here to download your application!

When your application is signed and complete you can submit it by email to SabrinaS@ABetterWayNM.org or via fax to (505)332-9165