Day in the Life of a Direct Support Professional
A DAY IN THE LIFE
By Terry Moffenbier
Welcome to the Aspire Blog! Each month we will be featuring a column entitled “A Day in the Life of a_____.” This column will be dedicated to highlighting a day in the life of individuals from different departments throughout Aspire. We will be interviewing Aspire employees to focus on what they do on a daily basis in their positions. This feature is designed to show the different roles throughout Aspire, how they are unique, how they are the same as other team members and that the focus for any role is always about the people we support.
This month’s article is “A Day in the Life of a Direct Support Professional (DSP)”. For this article, I interviewed Carrie Reich, a Direct Support Professional who works at our supervised apartment complex located at 1109 S. High Street. She gave me her perspective on what it is like to work with the individuals who reside at this location. Please understand that each residence is different, so there will be more than one interview with Direct Support Professionals who provide residential supports, just as there will likely be more than one column focusing on the other positions throughout Aspire.
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A Day in the Life of a Direct Support Professional (DSP)
I interviewed Carrie Reich, DSP about what her typical day is like. Carrie works with people that live in a supervised apartment setting. Here is what she had to say.
My day starts at 3:00 p.m. The first thing I do is read documentation to see what everyone’s day has been like, and if there is any information I need to know going into my shift. When people return home from work, I greet them and ask them how their day was, and give them hugs if they request them. This is also when I find out who needs assistance with snacks or supper. This helps us plan out the night for people that may need assistance or shopping trips. By the time the evening is planned out it is normally time to assist people with their medications.
After meds are completed, I will personally assist individuals with making a new recipe that they have chosen or work on a personal goal. This gives me time to visit with each individual and just find out how they are doing in general, and if they have any concerns.
Once everyone has had their evening meal, I will start assisting (those that need it) with their daily hygiene, showering/bathing, shaving, etc. I will also assist some people with cleaning their apartments to improve their cleaning skills. This is also when people go shopping for items they may need for the week. When I assist people shopping, I take advantage of opportunities to teach them about healthy choices as well as an opportunity to connect with other shoppers or store employees.
As people settle in for the night, I start my daily documentation for the next shift. This is usually about the time that some people receive their evening medications and so I will remind people, if needed to get their medications. I take time to talk with people as they wait for medications to ensure that no conflicts or problems arise as this can be a very busy time (and practicing our patience can be hard). Once people have received their medications, I will go around and assist individuals with their nighttime routine if needed, like brushing their teeth, getting ready for bed, etc. Once everyone has been helped, I will go back and finish up any documentation that is left. Should anybody come to the office needing assistance, I will assist them the best I can.