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Direct Support Professional (Caregiver) – Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Murfreesboro, TN at RHA Health Services

Date Posted: 5/18/2017

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Looking to make a difference?

Watch what it's like to be a Direct Support Professional - Caregiver at RHA/Stones River Center.

Bring your compassion and dependability to work with our devoted home healthcare team where you can truly make a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

RHA Health Services is looking for personable, energetic and dedicated Direct Support Professionals to join our home caregiver team in this entry level role.

The nature of the role by design is not glamorous, can be difficult at times and requires hard work but the reward is immeasurable!

As a Direct Support Professional you will provide support for your clients both in residential and/or day care settings. You will get to know your clients on a personal level as you assist them with in the implementation of personal plans, goals and objectives; working with them to facilitate their communication in terms of needs and requests.

This is a highly rewarding entry-level role.  You will help your clients by helping to identify personal outcomes that will best suit their individual interests, cultural backgrounds and dreams for the future.  You will work with an interdisciplinary healthcare team to identify the appropriate support methods necessary to achieve the stated goals.

Our Direct Support Professionals come to know the individuals that they work with less as clients, more as friends! If you’re looking for an opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of the people that you serve, then consider RHA Health Services/Stones River Center - where we put people first!

Direct Support Professional (DSP) – Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

In this entry level role, the DSP is responsible for helping to implement services and supports that will assist your client achieve personal goals and desired outcomes as identified through an Individual Support Plan. The duties you will accomplish are based on the assigned shift and the direction of the Site Manager.

Additional responsibilities of the Direct Support Professional include:

  • Providing opportunities for choice and encouraging clients to exercise control over themselves and their environment
  • Assisting and instructing on food preparation and housecleaning
  • Helping clients to identify and acquire valued social roles, as well as healthy personal and social habits
  • Continuously assessing the functional levels for your client, motivating clients and providing consistent reinforcement, assessments and feedback for all learning activities
  • Transporting and accompanying clients to and from day programs, work sites and community activities
  • Supporting clients at vocational sites to help meet their responsibilities

Job Requirements

The ideal candidates for this entry level position are patient, compassionate, nurturing and have a calming demeanor in times of stress.

Successful candidates for the Direct Support Professional role are able to perform the physical components of the role including being able to lift and move up to 50lbs., are comfortable working in stressful situations and are able to handle difficult situations with ease.

Additional requirements for this entry level role include:

  • High School degree or GED required; college courses in Human Services, Social Work or Management, preferred
  • While not required in this entry level role, work experience, highly desirable
  • Experience working with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, preferred
  • Valid drivers’ license and automotive insurance
  • Flexible schedule and availability to provide on-call coverage as needed
  • Ability to pass background check and drug screen
  • CPR, first aid, and CPI a plus

Direct Support Professional – Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


RHA Health Services offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to full-time employees that are aimed at supporting your health and wellness, financial planning, work life balance, and protection from the unexpected.

In the entry level role of DSP we understand your desire to continue to grow in the role; we are known for providing high quality services, excellent staff training and opportunities for advancement into supervisory and other roles within the organization. 

The comprehensive compensation and benefits package includes:

  • Entry level salary range from $8.50 to $9.78 hourly (Depending on experience)
  • Healthcare insurance: Medical, Dental, Vision and prescription insurance
  • 401(k) retirement program
  • Paid Time Off for full/part time employees!
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Extensive wellness reimbursement benefit
  • Discounted premiums for participation in wellness initiative
  • Free CPR, first aid and job specific training opportunities
  • Opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the people that you serve!
  • Many more benefit choices!

Direct Support Professional – Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities