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What is a Direct Support Professional (DSP)?

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) assist people with intellectual and/or developmental differences in realizing their full potential and becoming valued and participating members of their communities. DSPs are not only caregivers, but can act as teachers, mentors, and much more to the people that they support. DSPs should have strong communication skills, as well as the ability to build relationships with the people they support as well as their families.

DSPs may work in family or individual homes, intermediate care facilities, residential group homes, community job sites, vocational and day programs, and other locations. Their work is determined by the unique needs and preferences of the individuals they support.

Job Duties

Job duties differ for all DSPs depending on the company they work for and the type of support they wish to provide. Some duties may include helping individuals develop social skills, helping with daily activities such as personal care, housekeeping, and financial management, and/or accompanying individuals to doctor’s appointments or other activities. There are more parts of the DSP role based on the level of care someone might need. Depending on the individual and their level of care needed, DSPs sometimes provide help with basic hygiene such as grooming, bathing, or even using the restroom. Duties could also include helping with feeding, ambulation, medical monitoring, and health care related tasks. All needed training is provided prior to working with any higher needs population.

Apply Quickly to Become a Medina DSP

    What are the requirements to become a DSP?

    • Have a high school diploma or GED.
    • Be at least 18 or older.
    • Pass a background check.
    An lady with a direct care job helps a young man in a wheelchair.

    Are there opportunities for advancement?

    Direct care jobs in the developmental disabilities field can provide a lot of opportunities to advance and learn new skills. With experience, DSPs have the opportunity to become managers, program coordinators or administrators. Depending on each agency’s policies, there are additional opportunities to advance in human resources, marketing, and compliance without a degree.
    For those looking to have real-world experience upon graduating college, being a DSP while attending classes provides knowledge that can be applied towards:

    • Educator
    • Nurse
    • Physical Therapy
    • Psychologist
    • Social Worker
    • Government And more!