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Self-Care for DSPs

A picture of a sign that says 'Self-care isn't selfish'As this pandemic continues, there are some sentiments that bear repeating like taking time for self-care. We have shared emails on this topic: Self-Care While Helping Others and How are you doing?, but today we wanted to focus specifically on Self-Care for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). 

The role of the DSP is an important and impactful one. During this time when everyone is attempting to maintain a balance between personal and professional response to the pandemic, ensuring DSPs feel safe and healthy is paramount. To that end, the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has released a Self-Care for DSPs in a Crisis video addition to their previous Self Care for DSPs video. These videos review many of the same topics from the resources above, such as mindfulness, exercise, compassion fatigue, and acceptance, but focus specifically on the role of the DSP and the importance of their role in this time.

Again, we are so appreciative of the work you are doing every day to support and care for people through this challenging time. Thank you and take care!

Are there other strategies or recommendations that have been effective for the participants you support? If so, let us know! Please send any suggestions or  questions related to this email or requests for additional resources to RA-basprovidersupprt@pa.gov