What does a Direct Support Professional do?

Direct support professionals are responsible for the day-to-day care of the sick and the elderly. They help maintain the home of their client and try to develop their skills so they can take care of themselves. Direct support professionals help the client eat, bathe, dress, and drink if necessary. They also help encourage their clients to be more independent and follow their interests and hobbies.

Direct support professionals do not need to have any experience in this position. They should also have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. They also need to have a driver's license and a CPR certification. Direct support professionals should be able to plan out a client's day and ensure that they get to all of their necessary appointments. They must have the ability to juggle multiple clients and stay on top of all of them.

What responsibilities are common for Direct Support Professional jobs?
  • Ensure the their clients receive their medicine
  • Take clients to their doctor appointments
  • Create daily schedules for their clients
  • Log all day-to-day activities
  • Help clients maintain their home by cleaning and doing laundry
  • Prepare meals for the client
  • Help the client gain more independence
  • Set short and long term goals for the client
What are the typical qualifications for Direct Support Professional jobs?
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Valid driver's license
  • CPR certified
  • Positive attitude and ability to talk to anyone
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to handle stressful situations well
  • Great communication skills
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Ability to pass a background check
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience8+ years

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Allied HealthcareAllied Healthcare
Disability Support Worker
26 Jul 2021

“The job itself is great and working as a disability support worker is extremely rewarding.”

Elmira District Community Living
Personal Support Worker
2 Nov 2021

“Incompetent and out of touch management whose priority is only filling shifts and nothing else.”

AHL Healthcare GroupAHL Healthcare Group
Direct Support Professional (DSP)
13 Dec 2021

“This job can provide a good work/life balance and help promote your compassion and understanding of others.”

ResCare Community LivingResCare Community Living
Direct Support Professional (DSP)
24 Jun 2021

“Former supervisor made false claims and also made threats of bodily harm to that supervisor and nothing was done.”

BrightSpring Health ServicesBrightSpring Health Services
7 Jan 2020

“Schedule was perfect and I was able to pick up more hours and build amazing relationships with everyone.”

Community Integrated Services (NH)
Direct Support Professional (DSP)
3 May 2021

“I dont like bashing CIS because I really like the company but the pay really is terrible.”

Apex Behavioral Health
Direct Support Professional
31 Jan 2021

“Don’t think the training is the best but with this job you learn most of it while working.”

10 Barrel Brewing Company10 Barrel Brewing Company
Support Staff
5 May 2021

“Minimum wage of $7.25 an hour + mediocre tips isn't the best recipe for success.”

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