Direct Support Professional Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Direct Support Professional?

Direct Support Professional in Portland:
"Assisting adults with intellectual/developmental disabilies."
Pros: The participants and my coworkers. The benefits are pretty good.
Cons: Very low wage, high stress environment - constantly understaffed, high turnover, potential for physical violence or mental health crises daily is emotionally draining. Physical safety hazards for a vulnerable population due to neglect from Albertina Kerr.

Direct Support Professional in Kansas City:
"Not too bad."
Pros: You can dress casually, paid sick leave, no hard lifting required, and extra hours can be acquired. You can choose to be prn, part-time, or full-time. You can go out with clients to eat or participate in events.
Cons: Hard to keep up with mileage sheets. Take clients/residents to appointments. Coworkers can be mean and/or bad. Can be very stressful.

Direct Support Professional in Kansas City:
"Not too bad."
Pros: Health insurance available. Can pick up extra hours. Can go out with clients out to eat, take part in events. You get to help and make a difference in someone's life who needs it.
Cons: Hard to change schedules. Coworkers slack on the job. Vacation time is small. It is hard to have a schedule that makes study and work possible. Can become stressful.

Direct Support Professional in Cleveland:
Pros: I love experiencing my consumers success. I like feeling of accomplishment.
Cons: I do not enjoy how everything involving the consumer is black and white with no grey area.

Direct Support Professional in Rochester:
"I love it."
Pros: The clients.bnbn sfnsdfn wshbfjhdf adf asd a d.
Cons: Occasionally there is too much gossip.

Direct Support Professional in Dumfries:
"I love that I have something to offer someone that is in nee."
Pros: The joy that I see from helping others.
Cons: The work load.

Direct Support Professional in Quincy:
"Working family."
Pros: The family like staff and boss. Feeling like I have people to talk to about personal problems.
Cons: The pay could be better or larger. Sometimes it is an emotionaly draining and I get burnt out if I work five or six days in a row.