A Note from Diana Jackson, CEO
We Celebrate Direct Support Professionals
September is the time when we celebrate DSP’s (Direct Support Professionals).
You might ask – what does a Direct Support Professional do?
The job of a DSP is to:
- Teach people self-care in the areas of bathing, laundry, meal preparation, using the restroom, house cleaning, etc.
- Support people toward appropriate behavior
- Transport people
- Provide job training and support
- Provide support for people supported to interact and engage with their community
- Plan outings, birthday parties, holiday celebrations, vacations
- Shop along with people supported for groceries, clothes, house hold decorations
- Wash, clean, and gas their assigned vehicles
- Provide emotional support to those who are hurting
- Administer medications
- Deal with emergencies
- Accompany people supported to medical appointments and the ER when needed
- Document activities, medication administration, etc
- Follow all agency protocols
- Cope with grief as those they care for decline or pass away
- Work overtime when you would rather not
- Support co-workers
- Create a fun and happy home life
- Work with the families of the people supported
- Assist with anything else you are asked to do
Direct Support Professionals are the foundation of the support that we provide at Life Bridges.
A HUGE THANK YOU from me, the Board of Directors, and administrative staff at the agency.
We couldn’t do it without you!
Life Bridges Partners – Thank you for believing in and partnering with us!
Red Carpet Week for Life Bridges DSPs
Donna Bennett (Residential)