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Celebrating Direct Support Professionals

 

Celebrating Direct Support Professionals

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is September 12 -18. This week sets aside time to highlight the selfless work of direct support professionals locally and nationwide. 

DSPs are an integral part of the lives of people in the community who have autism, intellectual or developmental disabilities. They are the heart and soul of everything we do at Casmir Care Services to help our individuals live fulfilled and happy lives.  

In celebration of Direct Support Professionals, we acknowledge all of our dedicated direct support workers. We celebrate their hearts and the outstanding work they do to support people with disabilities. 

We thank them for their tireless work and the difference they make in the lives of those we serve!

Two of our staff we especially want to mention are:

Daisy Williams

Casmir Care Services Inc. Residential Team is honored to spotlight Ms. Daisy Williams as an exceptional member of our DSP circle. Ms. Williams’ humility, hard work, and dedication to duty go back many years but have been even more evident during the pandemic. Daisy has been the mediator between the DSPs and Management. She is like a mother and grandma to some of our individuals who love her dearly. She has frequently been called “the last man standing” when all others give up. Casmir Care Services is very fortunate and blessed to have her on our Residential Team. We wish to express our appreciation and gratitude for her immeasurable dedication and endeavors untold. 

 

Lisa Briggs-Petter

The HCBS Team would like to recognize Lisa Briggs-Petter as an outstanding DSP. We have seen her hard work and dedication to our individuals. She ensures their health and safety needs are met. Lisa exemplifies what a direct support professional should be. She makes the needs of her individuals a priority before anything else. Regardless of any other outside entities, she is always there. We can always count on her to show up and provide the best service.

Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week

September 13-19, 2020, is Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week! It’s a time to celebrate and acknowledge Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who assist, support, and care for individuals who require help in their daily lives. 

proclamation was issued by Governor Wolf to recognize and appreciate the dedication and contributions DSPs make in the lives of the elderly, veterans, and those with intellectual, developmental, or other disabilities.

Mark Davis, President and CEO of PAR (Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability) states, “This year’s proclamation is particularly important as DSPs have made sacrifices during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep the individuals they support healthy, happy, and safe.” Davis continued, Some DSPs have lost their lives or lost loved ones during the pandemic. DSPs have stepped up to the plate in a major way in Pennsylvania and we thank Governor Wolf for taking this step to honor them.”

Our work wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous support of our Direct Support Professionals. We are very grateful to have them as part of the Casmir Care Services family!

Nurse at Casmir Care Services

Nurse 

We are looking for a talented individual who shares our dedication to the people we serve and support, to bring on board as a Nurse. We are dedicated to supporting people as they strive for increasing independence, personal growth, and opportunities in their communities. We believe that every person is unique and, therefore, everyone’s path and needs are unique. Our approach to care puts the needs of the people and communities we serve at the center of every decision. If you are a positive and personable individual looking for a satisfying and flexible opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of people with intellectual/ developmental disabilities, join our team!

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Monitor healthcare needs of individuals receiving services.
  • delivering nursing care and coordinating nursing activities as a member of the management team
  • Contact and communicate with Primary care Physicians, Dentists, and other healthcare specialists as needed.
  • Complete all necessary documentation and miscellaneous reports as requested.
  • Conduct training for administrative and direct support staff on health-related topics that supports the overall health and well-being of the individuals we support.
  • Review medication administration records to ensure accurate and up-to-date information.
  • Administers prescribed medications and treatments in accordance with approved nursing standards.
  • Takes temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and other vital signs to detect deviations from the norm. Assesses condition of individuals supported monthly and/or per physician order.
  • Help develop protocols, policies, and procedures (including training materials) to assist in supporting the healthcare needs of the individuals we support  
  • Maintain individual’s confidentiality per company policy and HIPAA privacy rule regulations.
  • Attend recognized training to successfully maintain professional license
  • Attend training and conferences as directed by supervisors, in accordance with company policy and regulation as needed.
  • Attend required supervision sessions and staff meetings in accordance with program/company requirements.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with individuals, families, and staff from a variety of cultures and social backgrounds.
  • Conducts nursing and quality assurance assessments to monitor health, treatment, and sanitary conditions of residential homes.

Requirements

  • Registered Nurse with a current valid nursing license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Must have a strong knowledge of medical procedures, terminology, and equipment.
  • Two-year nursing experience or one year working with individuals with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD).
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing preferred.
  • Knowledge of intellectual disability and mental health system.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written.
  • The ability to lift and position patients of various weights to and from assorted patient equipment while maintaining patient comfort and safety.
  • The ability to carry, fold, kneel, reach, stack, stoop and bend which may include direct intervention with clients.
  • Possess manual dexterity and fine motor skills.
  • May require crisis intervention in emergency situations.
  • May be required to report to work during emergencies including inclement weather

Practical Tips to Reduce the Effects of Stress

 
Have you been feeling stressed because of the disruption in routine, schedule, and environment that the Coronavirus pandemic has caused?
Stress can be harmful to your health, but there are ways to manage it. Here are some practical tips to reduce the effects of stress:
 
Be aware.
Recognize the signs of stress on your body: difficulty sleeping, irritability, feeling depressed, and having low energy.
 
Exercise regularly.
Regular activity releases endorphins, can improve concentration, and enhance sleep, which can often be negatively affected by stress.
 
Stop and smell the flowers.
Scientists have discovered that inhaling certain fragrances can reduce stress levels.
 
Take a deep breath.
Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. When you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax.
 
Stay connected.
You are not alone. Keep in touch with people who can provide emotional support and practical help.

Celebrate Halloween Safely

Happy Autumn!

Halloween is right around the corner.  Halloween traditions will look different this year to keep everyone safe during the COV​ID-19 pandemic, but families can still have fun while avoiding exposure to or spreading the virus.

The CDC offers the following safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween: 

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
  • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
  • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
  • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house

Visit these websites to learn more about safely celebrating this Halloween:
CDC.gov
The Autism Community In Action
American Autism Association
10 alternatives to turn a tricky Halloween into a treat for your child with autism
Autism and Sensory Friendly Virtual Halloween Party

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4950 Parkside Ave, Suite 400,
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Phone: 267-292-3116
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We Are Hiring!

Find a purposeful career by joining our staff! Casmir Care Services is currently hiring:

Nurse 

Direct Support Professionals (DSP) – Per Diem 

Direct Support Professionals (DSP) 

Office Manager / Front Desk Receptionist 

Van Driver