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Direct Support Professional

Position: Direct Support Professional- Respite Services

Reports to: Waiver Services Manager    

Status:  Non-exempt, hourly


Respite Care services are services provided to individuals unable to care for themselves that are furnished in order to provide temporary relief to those persons normally providing care. Activities may include planning and providing instruction or assistance in activities of daily living, recreation and leisure, social and interpersonal skills, communication skills, decision making, self-advocacy, community integration, medication assistance, cooking, housekeeping, and other related services. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Direct Support Professional:

  • Keeps client safe 
  • Engages client in fun activities
  • Executes treatment goals as prescribed by the client’s treatment plan, if applicable
  • Implements appropriate behavior management techniques as prescribed by behavior plan, if applicable
  • Assists client with activities of daily living (ADLs), as needed
  • Adheres to diet, supplementation and medication protocols, per parent/guardian instructions
  • Maintains client and family confidentiality per LSC policy and HIPAA Privacy Rule RegulationsCompletes and submits client billing as directed
  • Completes and submits additional paperwork in a timely manner (time clock exception forms, incident reports, mileage reimbursement forms, temperature tracking forms, etc.)
  • Communicates with Waiver Services Manager regarding all developments, problems or concerns as needed and requests feedback


Educational Qualifications and Skills:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must provide documentation of a negative TB screening from an authorized entity (Little Star will cover any associated cost with a TB test)
  • Must possess or be able to obtain CPR and First aid certification annually and perform as necessary (Little Star will cover any associated cost with CPR and First Aid Certification) 
  • Possess and maintain a clear criminal record per Medicaid Waiver regulation requirements
  • Maintain a valid Indiana driver's license, full-coverage insurance on personal vehicle, and maintain insurability as defined by the agency liability insurance carrier. Must possess and maintain reliable transportation that meets state requirements for transporting persons served
  • Experience working with children with autism is preferred, but not required
  • A positive team player and energetic professional
  • Strong organizational  and time management skills along with the ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Good judgment and creative thinking skills
  • Ability to communicate appropriately given the circumstances of the situation and individuals involved
  • Discretion in matters that need to remain private
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