Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed September 10 – 16 Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week. We expect that the US Senate also will issue a proclamation, which Senators Warren and Markey signed onto last year.
The proclamation reinforces the important role DSPs play across many fields, including our own. We still have work to do to raise their compensation. The turnover has reached 40% in some regions of our country. We also face turnover with community nursing as rates of pay in hospitals so far exceed the continuous nursing and visiting nurse rates that it makes it difficult to recruit community nurses.
Last week, Leo’s Labor Day blog focused on caregiving by families and staff. While caring is a simple and heroic act, caregiving requires a long-term commitment. The word heroic still applies, but so too do steadfast, devoted, and undaunted. And let’s not forget the satisfaction and fulfillment when you see those you support grow. You can see last week’s blog on our website here. Thank you for all you do!