Information for job seekers
Are you looking for a career where you can help people? Where going to work is more than just a job? Where you can help an older person or a person with a disability live a full life?
If so, have you thought about a job as a Direct Support Professional?
If you think this type of work might be right for you, please watch the videos below and then read the rest of the information on this page.
What is a Direct Support Professional?
If you choose to be a Direct Support Professional, you will work one-on-one with someone in their home, or in the community as you complete errands or participate in activities. As a Direct Support Professional, your goal is to increase or maintain a client's quality of life by providing support and respite services. You might help with:
- feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming or toileting
- driving people to appointments
- providing support at work, school or in the community
- being a companion.
What you actually do will depend on the needs of the person(s) you work with.
What skills do you need?
The skills you will need will vary based upon the person(s) you will be supporting. In general Trinity In-Home Care is looking for people who:
- are over 18,
- have a high school diploma,
- interested in helping others,
- have transportation
- are reliable, and
- can pass a criminal history background.
What are the advantages?
Many direct support professionals find their work to be more than "just a job" because of the satisfaction they get in helping others. Other attractive aspects of this work include:
- the close connections that many workers make with the people that they support,
- the flexibility of their job duties and hours,
- a supportive office staff and,
- the sense of accomplishment they feel when a client learns or regains abilities.
What are the challenges?
Works as a Direct Support Professionals can be challenging. You may have to do things that you find awkward at first, such as helping someone go to the bathroom or take a shower. For most Direct Support Professionals, this gets easier over time. Other ongoing challenges may include day-to-day life situations – a client passing away, working with a client that has depression or is angry.
Our turnover is below national average due to our friendly environment, flexibility, and wonderful client families.
If this sounds like a good fit for you:
Or, call Trinity In-Home Care at 785-842-3159 for more information.
Working with people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities:
Working with Older Adults and Individuals with Physical Disabilities