The DSP Job Description
What is Supported Living?
Some people need help in order to live full lives. They need personal, intensive support to reach their maximum potential. That can mean very different things depending on the person. This is a varied and interesting job, and is not “just caregiving” although that is part of it.
What is the job?
As we said above, it’s a lot of things. There is usually, but not always, a strong care giving component. People with intellectual challenges may need help keeping themselves clean, fed, and healthy. There may be the need to understand medical issues. All our fully trained staff are qualified to give medications under the direction of a delegating RN.
Just as important however is the ability to improve independence. Staff can also be life coaches, instructors, advisors. Learning is something everyone needs, but it can take a little more effort and patience when it comes to our clients.
Being out in the community participating in life as much as possible is a major part of what we do. There are often hikes and picnics, dances, parties, and more.
This is not a traveling job or a visiting nurse type of job. Staff work for entire shifts, although they may sometimes move from one client to another.
Shifts in Mount Vernon are
7AM to 3PM
3PM to 11PM
11PM to 7AM
Shifts in Stanwood are
6:30AM to 2:30PM
2:30PM to 10:30PM
10:30PM to 6:30AM
Contact us to learn current availability.
Here are a few actual quotes from our happy staff:
What do you like about working with our clients?
”… the joy we are able to bring to their lives through our shared experiences and exposure to the community.” - BW (2.5 years)
”To see transformation. Unconditional care brings stability over time and changes them for the better.” – BG (16 years)
What do you like best about working with your fellow staff members?
”Staff in Soundview have a passion for helping coworkers here, as well as a true drive to grow with clients and help our clients be independent.” – CS (3 months)
Staff become our own kind of support system because we understand each other through the job… “ – LD (3 years)
What have you gained from working at Soundview besides a paycheck?
”I’ve gained and learned so much working for Soundview. Walking into a field I had no experience in. Meeting amazing people that are compassionate and caring for others. Getting to say I have a job where sometimes it doesn’t even feel like I’m at work. The clients become a part of your life. [I like] the look in their eyes when they know you are there to do your best to support them. [We] practice life skills that every human should carry.” –SR (2 years)
”I have gained so much knowledge, patience, positivity, compassion, desire to be a better person, and a whole new outlook on unconditional love.” -KT (~3 years)
What are the requirements?
* You must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19
* You must be at least 18 years old and have a high school degree or G.E.D.
* You must be able to pass state and federal background checks…. This means you have no disqualifying convictions.
* You must be able to do the work physically, which may involve lifting or supporting clients with gait problems.
* You must be a caring person that is willing to support others unconditionally.
* Training requires a flexible schedule and will include mornings and off-site classroom training.
What are the benefits?
Paid training. All the training needed to become a DSP, a title recognized all over the state.
Sick and vacation pay accrual. One “floating holiday” per year.
Pay is $21.93 hourly to start. Periodic raises. Sleep-over shifts are paid at minimum wage unless actually needed.
Work with a group of good people, who are all there for the right reasons!
Not sure if the job is right for you? That is OK; let us figure it out together. You can meet floor staff, say hello to clients, even job shadow after a background check is completed (and privacy consents are signed).
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