Direct Support Professional

  • Matheny Medical and Educational Center
  • Peapack, NJ
  • Feb 08, 2020

Job Description

Matheny is a special hospital for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. Matheny’s mission is to provide exceptional care and an optimal quality of life for children and adults with special needs and medically complex developmental disabilities. Founded by Walter and Marquerite Matheny in 1951, the Matheny of today is a pioneer in providing fully integrated, personalized care and education that respects each person's dignity and encourages their highest potential. At Matheny, we focus on abilities in a warm and nurturing environment. Our fully-accredited non-profit private school combines traditional academics with therapeutic intervention and pre-vocational skill development. Our Adult Services Program includes five licensed community residences/group homes and two adult learning centers. Staffed by experienced therapists and instructors, the program supports adult patients as they attain their highest level of functioning and integration into the community. Matheny's Arts Access program empowers individuals with disabilities to create art without boundaries. Through the use of innovative communication systems, the artists have complete freedom to explore a world that is defined only by their unlimited creativity and unique self-expression. Matheny has a career opportunity available for a Full Time Direct Support Professional. Matheny Medical and Educational Center has all shifts available. Desired Qualities of a Direct Support Professional: Respect Professionalism Integrity Compassion Duties of this position include: Provides personal care tasks to an assigned patient or group, which meets their hygiene, safety, comfort, nutritional, elimination, activity, and social needs. Carries out all responsibilities in accordance with the individual’s personal plan of care, including nursing, therapeutic, dietary, and behavioral interventions. Participates in nursing report at the beginning of each work shift prior to working with patients. Assists the nurse in observing patients and communicates any problems in completing tasks or changes in the patient’s status. Respects the patient’s rights, concerns, privacy, and dignity at all times. Ensures that patients are dressed properly and are clean and dry at all times. Checks patient for reddened areas and signs of skin breakdown, and reports findings to the nurse immediately. Conducts hourly monitoring for patients utilizing safeguarding equipment while in bed. Notifies the nurse when a patient complains about or exhibits signs of pain or injury. Maintains organization and cleanliness of patient’s residential area including clothing, equipment, and personal property. Maintains cleanliness of patients’ wheelchairs. Takes monthly weights on patients and reports results to PCA Supervisor. Works with a partner to complete duties in accordance with facility policies. Participates in and contributes to departmental and interdisciplinary team meetings. Participates in and assists patients in recreational activities. Transports patients to and from various activities or programs; Accompanies patients to outside appointments when necessary. Demonstrates the ability to follow directions, both oral and written, and works cooperatively with other staff members. Ensures that all documentation requirements are completed during the work shift. Establishes and maintains positive interpersonal relationships with patients, family members and other staff members. Incentives for joining the Matheny team: Paid Training Staff Appreciation events Health and Wellness fairs Employee Recognition Awards Diversity events Employee Referral Bonuses For Full Time employees, Matheny offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package that includes medical/dental, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, tax deferred retirement plan, and generous paid time off. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status. Enriching Lives. Growing Abilities.


Qualifications: High School Diploma or GED, preferred. Ability to pass criminal/registry background checks Ability to effectively communicate in English both verbally and in writing. Experience working with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilites preferred but not required. Licensure/Certifications Heartsaver CPR certification Required. (Matheny Medical and Educational Center does provide training) Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Location Matheny Medical and Educational Center This position is currently accepting applications.

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