Direct Support Professionals help individuals with developmental disabilities in a home environment with daily activities, toileting, eating and bathing.Model skills that will increase their abilities and independence. Escort individuals to several fun community activities.
We respect diversity, privacy, personal property of those we serve and those we work with. We treat all individuals with respect.
Everyone works toward our common goal and knows their role in achieving it. We rely on each other; our greatest triumph is to be able to ask for and accept help. Individual performance is important but good teamwork is essential. When a team does not work well it takes all members to put it back on course. Teams make things happen, good teams make better things happen. There is strength in numbers.
Direct Support practice is a profession with an important set of characteristics that set it apart from other caregiving professions. We have no room for drama; it takes away from our professional identity. We do not bring our troubles and personal problems with us to work. We respect the integrity of those we work with. We set an example to our individuals by dressing appropriately for the workplace and practicing good personal hygiene.
We believe that one must be learners to be teachers. We are a learning organization and we learn the most from our individuals. We strive for continuous improvement in our work. We consider ourselves lifelong learners and increase our knowledge with classroom, online training, PATHS certification. We set goals for our learning and work hard to achieve them.
We have a personal belief that what we are doing makes a difference. We show dedication by arriving to work on time and being dependable. We are dedicated to our individuals and see their needs as our top priority. We believe that we can always do better than the status quo.
Ethics and values guide our actions in our daily practice. We believe in the NADSP Code of Ethics and we will not let anyone take advantage of those we support. We do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason to ensure the humanity of individuals we serve. Maintaining confidentiality and privacy for our individuals and team members is a priority to Open Hands Of Caring Penn Foundation.