SPECTRUM COMMUNITY SERVICES, an affiliate of Spectrum Human Services
Providing a Spectrum of Quality Services and Life Enhancing Opportunities for Individuals in the Community
Regular starting rate of $15.00 to $15.50 per hour. Plus an additional $2.00 per hour COVID premium pay incentive (funded separately from Network180 therefore paid out separately.)
Now Hiring Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to assist people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) in realizing their full potential and becoming valued and participating members of their communities.
The work DSPs do is complex and goes well beyond caregiving. It requires a variety of skills including independent problem solving, decision making, behavioral assessment and prevention, medication administration, healthcare, teaching new skills, crisis prevention and intervention and much more. The job duties of a DSP may resemble those of teachers, nurses, social workers, counselors, therapists, dieticians, chauffeurs, personal trainers, caregivers, and others. Their work requires strong communication skills and the ability to build relationships with the people they support and their families.
DSPs work in our licensed residential group homes and in family or individual homes. Their work is determined by the unique needs and preferences of the individuals they support and they are held to high ethical and professional standards.
DSPs work on teaching independent living skills, self-care skills, and assisting with household tasks. DSPs work with individuals and assist with daily personal tasks, including bathing and dressing. They help with appointments, help to organize a schedule, and provide transportation. They help to shop for groceries and preparing meals that meet the specific individuals’ dietary needs. DSPs encourage engagement in social networks and community activities.
We provide extensive DSP training that covers the essential knowledge, ethical principles and practices, and skills necessary to provide direct support to individuals with I/DD. DSPs receive training in the philosophy of self-determination and the value of full inclusion and community participation of individuals. The individuals we serve receive person-centered and self-directed high quality long term supports and services.
Now Hiring DSPs for our Lake Gerald Home located in Sparta MI, around the Pine Island and Fonger area. This program is a 6 Bed Co-ed Medical AFC home.
Direct Support Professional responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
- Supporting all aspects of the day-to-day lives of individuals with Moderate to Severe Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. Support individuals with Cerebral Palsy who use wheelchairs for assistance and have Hoyer lifts.
- Supporting their overall health, safety, and personal care needs such as eating, bathing, dressing, and changing of briefs. Daily medication management. Maintaining specific dietary needs.
- Helping to maintain their home and household tasks such as the cooking, cleaning, laundry, and shopping.
- Being a role-model, mentor, and support staff.
Lake Gerald Home Open Shifts:
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Possess a valid unrestricted Michigan Driver's license (or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire)
- Three references deemed acceptable to Spectrum
- Experience working with people with disabilities (preferred but not required, entry rate could be even higher with DSP and I/DD experience)
- Available to work weekends required (one weekend shift each weekend or two weekend shifts every other weekend)
- Selected candidates must successfully complete a comprehensive background check including fingerprinting, medical clearance (TB test, drug screen & physical), MVR clearance, MDHHS clearance, CMHA and State of MI clearance.
It is the policy of Spectrum Human Services to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Spectrum will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.