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Emmaus Homes

Direct Support Professional (DSP)

  • Location

    St. Charles, MO
  • Posted On

    January 9, 2018
  • Job Type

  • Category

  • Experience Level

    Entry Level
  • Education Level

    Not Specified
  • Salary

    Under $30,000

Job Description

Emmaus is looking for extraordinary people to help us build our future, while also honoring our more than 120 year tradition of providing high quality, faith-based services to adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Job Summary

Support the needs of our clients in maximizing their ability to be as independent as possible.  Advocate for the best interest of our clients by empowering their informed choice and assuring a safe and healthy home/community environment.

Key Services / Accountabilities

Implements supports identified within the client’s service (support) plans: including, but not limited to, any Person Centered Plans, Special Diet plans/orders, Behavioral Support Plan, Medical Treatment plan, Physician’s orders and/or any other plan or document utilized to define the services for the client.
Provides training, coaching and assistance to clients in all areas of their lives, within their home and community: such as housekeeping, relationship & social skills, leisure activities, work, safety skills, transportation, personal hygiene including, but not limited to, assisting or completing baths, oral care, eating and restroom care.  Completing such tasks where client skills and abilities limit their ability to do so themselves.
Promotes the general well being and health of the clients by administering medications accurately, as scheduled, and reporting conditions which indicate client is at risk of illness or injury: Assists clients with medical and dental appointments, including advocating for their health needs and management of related medical documentation.
Serves as a member of a support team: works successfully with other team members to provide quality supports for clients in the most effective and efficient manner possible.  Communicates effectively and professionally with other team members.  Recommends changes to the clients’ service and their plans, as necessary.  Remains current with required training.
Maintains accurate, professional and timely written records through various computer software and manual systems.
Ensures activities and operations are carried out in compliance with agency policies, procedures, protocols and philosophies: such as the Council on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), Department of Mental Health (DMH), Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA), Department of Labor (DOL), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other regulatory and accreditation organizations.

Measures of Success / Standards

Clients, families, guardians and all other interested parties report being satisfied with services.  Clients are receiving appropriate supports to progress in their respective Service (support) Plans and support needs.  Meals are planned and prepared to meet the requirements of clients’ dietary needs.
Clients served are healthy and safe, and they have positive and supportive relationships.
Medications are delivered on time and accurately.

The team is successful at identifying the needs of the client and developing solutions which result in positive outcomes for the client.  All team members feel communication is sufficient and effective.  Required training is current.
Records are consistently accurate, current, and completed within expected timelines.
Complies with the requirements of company policies, procedures, protocols and philosophy, as well as defined regulatory and accrediting agencies.

Job Requirements

Each and every employee’s prime job responsibility is to advocate on behalf of the best interest of our clients.  The six Key Services described in this job description are the essential functions and duties of the job.  This job description does not describe marginal functions or responsibilities that may also be part of this job.  Key Services are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Employees must complete required trainings as defined in the Emmaus Employee Training Curriculum, within the Emmaus timeline.

Current driver’s license and proof of insurance is required.

Must be at least 18 years of age.

Valid and current Class E Driver’s License and clean driving record as a Missouri resident.
Valid and current Class D Driver’s License and clean driving record as an Illinois resident.


H.S. diploma/GED preferred


None required
Prefer experience in human services, personal care or social services field.


Client Focus, Initiative, Collaboration, Integrity

Equipment Use

If an Emmaus vehicle is not available must have personal working vehicle available during all shifts as required by work location.
Computer, adaptive equipment & lifts (client specific), telephone, fax, copier, lift vans and company vehicles.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee, will frequently assist clients to stand from the ground, stand from a sitting position, or out of a bathtub, etc. You, the employee, will regularly be required to turn persons served in bed, reposition or push them in a wheelchair, or in other circumstances lift, or assist lifting, a person to maintain their safety and comfort.
As determined by job location, you will also need to kneel – bend legs at knees to come to a rest at knees and crouch by bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.
As determined by job location, you must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and assist with lifting, transferring or moving individuals/equipment up to 200 pounds with the assistance of adaptive equipment. This includes loading and unloading from average vehicles and vans.
Able to drive an average vehicle independently, including a 12 passenger van. May be exposed to extreme weather conditions when transporting clients.

Mental Demands

Able to appropriately and effectively assist individuals during crisis situations.
Ability to operate a computer with general skills including keyboarding, learning new software applications and programs as related to performing job functions.

Language Skills

Ability to read, write, speak and communicate effectively in English.
Able to effectively present information and respond to questions from clients,
Must be able to perform detailed data collection, recording and reporting via handwriting and typing on computerized and manual systems.

Mathematical Skills

Able to perform routine math functions, including purchases and balancing check register.

Reasoning Ability

Able to problem solve, prioritize and plan in a variety of situations.
Able to interpret a variety of instructions in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

Scope of Authority

No supervisory authority.
Reports accidents/incidents to supervisor.

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