Pathways Center's developmental disabilities programs and services are currently based out of four counties in the west, central Georgia area. They are:
Carroll, Heard, Coweta, Meriwether, and Troup counties. The individual in this role will ensure a safe environment where individuals are treated with dignity and respect. The main focus of this role consists of supporting and facilitating opportunities for clients to participate in recreation, socialization, and vocational activities that are determined based on their personal interests and skill sets, which is identified through the person-centered planning process.
The Direct Support Professional provides individuals with developmental disabilities training and guidance in the everyday skills they need to help achieve their highest level of functioning and to participate as fully as possible in the surrounding community. The Direct Support Professional provides personal care, social support, and physical assistance to individuals with disabilities in a wide range of activities of daily living.
This role helps individuals learn living skills such as cooking and shopping, and make it possible to participate in employment and social activities in the community. Responsibilities for the Direct Support Professional include but are not limited to the following:
Provides direct personal care and supervision to developmentally and/or intellectually disabled residents in a facility based setting and/or community environment as needed
Assists with the development of an individual service/treatment plan for each assigned client
Teaches basic life skills in residential, day, and/or community based settings
Observes and monitors client's behavior and documents observations and incidents
Provides training of basic personal and social skills, simple academics, or work skills to clients
Arranges for medical care and provides support to ensure that medical care is obtained
Monitors client food intake, functional status, psychosocial status, wellness activities, etc.
Supports individuals in building relationships and social networks
Provides transportation for client(s) as needed for individual and/or group community outings
Act immediately on any crisis, following protocol and basic CPR/first aid training
Counsels and advises clients on behavioral problems, daily decision-making, and the resolution of minor problems
Participates in Individual Service Plan meetings/Case Reviews consulting with the team to evaluate the client's needs and plan for continuing services
Performs housekeeping duties such as cleaning, washing clothes and dishes, and running errands
Involves clients in the planning, shopping for, and preparation of nutritious meals taking into consideration any dietary needs/requirements
Documents client progress and services provided on a daily basis, reporting any changes in client condition to all members of the client's direct care treatment team
High school diploma or GED AND any combination of training and experience, which would have enabled the applicant to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities. Note: Some positions may require a valid driver's license.
State Of Georgia