Community Living Skills and Supports
The competent DSP assists the participant to meet his/her physical (e.g., health, grooming, toileting, eating) and personal management needs (e.g., human development, human sexuality), by teaching skills, providing supports, and building on individual strengths and capabilities.
The competent DSP assists the participant with household management (e.g., meal prep, laundry, cleaning, decorating) and with transportation needs to maximize his/her skills, abilities and independence.
The competent DSP assists with identifying, securing and using needed equipment (e.g., adaptive equipment) and therapies (e.g., physical, occupational and communication).
The competent DSP supports the participant in the development of friendships and other relationships.
The competent community-based support worker assists the participant to recruit and train service providers as needed.
The competent DSP uses effective, sensitive communication skills to build rapport and channels of communication by recognizing and adapting to the range of participant communication styles.
The competent DSP has knowledge of and uses modes of communication that are appropriate to the communication needs of participants.
The competent DSP learns and uses terminology appropriately, explaining as necessary to ensure participant understanding.
The competent DSP maintains accurate records, collecting, compiling and evaluating data, and submitting records to appropriate sources in a timely fashion.
The competent DSP maintains standards of confidentiality and ethical practice.
The competent DSP learns and remains current with appropriate documentation systems, setting priorities and developing a system to manage documentation.
The competent DSP assists and supports the participant to develop strategies, make informed choices, follow through on responsibilities, and take risks.
The competent DSP promotes participant partnership in the design of support services, consulting the person and involving him/her in the support process.
The competent DSP provides opportunities for the participant to be a self-advocate by increasing awareness of self-advocacy methods and techniques, encouraging and assisting the participant to speak on his/her own behalf, and providing information on peer support and self-advocacy groups.
The competent DSP provides information about human, legal, civil rights and other resources, facilitates access to such information and assists the participant to use information for self-advocacy and decision making about living, work, and social relationships.
The competent DSP initiates or assists in the initiation of an assessment process by gathering information (e.g., participant's self-assessment and history, prior records, test results, additional evaluation) and informing the participant about what to expect throughout the assessment process.
The competent DSP conducts or arranges for assessments to determine the needs, preferences, and capabilities of the participants using appropriate assessment tools and strategies, reviewing the process for inconsistencies, and making corrections as necessary.
The competent DSP discusses findings and recommendations with the participant in a clear and understandable manner, following up on results and reevaluating the findings as necessary.
Community and Service Networking
The competent DSP helps to identify the needs of the participant for community supports, working with the participant's informal support system, and assisting with, or initiating identified community connections.
The competent DSP researches, develops, and maintains information on community and other resources relevant to the needs of participants.
The competent DSP ensures participant access to needed and available community resources coordinating supports across agencies.
The competent DSP participates in outreach to potential participants.
Facilitation of Services
The competent DSP maintains collaborative professional relationships with the participant and all support team members (including family/friends), follows ethical standards of practice (e.g., confidentiality, informed consent, etc.), and recognizes his/her own personal limitations.
The competent DSP assists and/or facilitates the development of an individualized plan based on participant preferences, needs, and interests.
The competent DSP assists and/or facilitates the implementation of an individualized plan to achieve specific outcomes derived from participants' preferences, needs and interests.
The competent DSP assists and/or facilitates the review of the achievement of individual participant outcomes.
Education, Training & Self-Development
The competent DSP completes required training education/certification, continues professional development, and keeps abreast of relevant resources and information.
The competent DSP educates participants, co-workers and community members about issues by providing information and support and facilitating training.
The competent DSP and the participant identify advocacy issues by gathering information, reviewing and analyzing all aspects of the issue.
The competent DSP has current knowledge of laws, services, and community resources to assist and educate participants to secure needed supports.
The competent DSP facilitates, assists, and/or represents the participant when there are barriers to his/her service needs and lobbies decision-makers when appropriate to overcome barriers to services.
The competent DSP interacts with and educates community members and organizations (e.g., employer, landlord, civic organization) when relevant to participant's needs or services.
Vocational, Educational & Career Support
The competent DSP explores with the participant his/her vocational interests and aptitudes, assists in preparing for job or school entry, and reviews opportunities for continued career growth.
The competent DSP assists the participant in identifying job/training opportunities and marketing his/her capabilities and services.
The competent DSP collaborates with employers and school personnel to support the participant, adapting the environment, and providing job retention supports.
Crisis Prevention and Intervention
The competent DSP identifies the crisis, defuses the situation, evaluates and determines an intervention strategy and contacts necessary supports.
The competent DSP continues to monitor crisis situations, discussing the incident with authorized staff and participant(s), adjusting supports and the environment, and complying with regulations for reporting.
The competent DSP contributes to program evaluations, and helps to set organizational priorities to ensure quality.
The competent DSP incorporates sensitivity to cultural, religious, racial, disability, and gender issues into daily practices and interactions.
The competent DSP provides and accepts co-worker support, participating in supportive supervision, performance evaluation, and contributing to the screening of potential employees.
The competent DSP provides input into budget priorities, identifying ways to provide services in a more cost-effective manner.
Building and Maintaining Friendships and Relationships
The competent DSP assists the individual as needed in planning for community activities and events (e.g., making reservation, staff needs, money, materials, accessibility).
The competent DSP assists the individual as needed in arranging transportation for community events.
The competent DSP documents community activities and events.
The competent DSP encourages and assists the individual as needed in facilitating friendships and peer interactions.
The competent DSP encourages and assists the individual as needed in communication with parents/family (e.g., phone calls, visits, letters).
The competent DSP implements individual supports regarding community activities.
The competent DSP provides incentive or motivation for consumer involvement in community outings.
The competent DSP assists the individual as needed in getting to know and interacting with his/her neighbors.
The competent DSP encourages and assists the individual as needed in dating.
The competent DSP encourages and assists the individual as needed in communicating with social workers and financial workers.
Provide Person Centered Supports
The competent DSP provides support to people using a person centered approach.
The competent DSP modifies support programs and interventions to ensure they are person centered.
The competent DSP challenges co-workers and supervisors to use person centered practices.
The competent DSP is knowledgeable about person centered planning techniques.
The competent DSP assists individuals in developing PCPs..
Supporting Health and Wellness
The competent DSP administers medications accurately and in accordance with agency policy and procedures.
The competent DSP observes and implements appropriate actions to promote healthy living and to prevent illness and accidents.
The competent DSP uses appropriate first aid/safety procedures when responding to emergencies.
The competent DSP assists individuals in scheduling, keeping, and following through on all health appointments.
The competent DSP assists individuals in completing personal care (e.g., hygiene and grooming) activities.
The competent DSP assists with identifying, securing and using needed adaptive equipment (i.e. adaptive equipment) and therapies (e.g., physical, occupational, speech, respiratory, psychological).
The competent DSP assists individuals in implementing health and medical treatments.
The competent DSP assists individuals to take active role in their health care decisions.