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Residential Care in the Time of COVID

According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 24 percent of adults (18+) in Pennsylvania live with some type of disability. For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has required a change in the delivery of services to ensure the safety of both consumer and professional. In some cases, telemedicine or other remote options have been employed to promote safe distancing. But other service locations like day programs for instance, have had to temporarily suspend their operations.  

For individuals with disabilities living in a residential program, remote care is not an option because it is insufficient for ensuring the safety and well being of residents. Direct support professionals (DSPs) provide 24-hour care in residential settings and are one of many essential workers in the community handling critical duties during the current pandemic. Typically, DSPs working in a residential program engage in activities ranging from preparing meals and giving medications to assisting with daily life activities, teaching new life skills, and taking residents on outings, walks, or visits with family and friends. With the COVID-19 restrictions in place, DSPs have gone above and beyond their usual duties to ensure that individuals can still connect with their friends and family (through video chats), can get out into the community (by taking a drive or a socially distant walk), and can feel engaged at a time when day programs are closed. And they are doing all of this while creating a safe environment in the home by wearing a mask at all times, doing additional cleaning and sanitizing, and ensuring that they are being personally vigilant with social distancing outside of work to protect those in their care. In short, DSPs make every day a work of *heart*.

Arc Human Services delivers programs and services for hundreds of people with intellectual disabilities, autism, and mental health challenges throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, including—but far from limited to—residential care in 80 community homes. "The Direct Support staff have been amazing, and their dedication to the people we serve in our group homes is remarkable,” says Ed Picchiarini, CEO. “They are truly the heart and soul of Arc Human Services.”
 

For additional information on Arc Human Services or how you can become a part of our dedicated team of DSPs, visit www.archumanservices.org or contact Heather Klein, HR Department, at (724) 745-3010 ext. 145 or email klein.heather@archumanservices.org.

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