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.

  • 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
  • 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

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
9%
2 - 4
4%
5 - 7
0%
8+
87%

Direct Support Professional Seniority Levels

Caregiver
23% made the transition
Nurse Practitioner
28% made the transition
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Direct Support Professional Salaries

Average Base Pay

£25,798 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£17K
Median: £26K
£40K
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