Becoming a Direct Support Professional (DSP) is a fulfilling career choice. As a DSP, you will have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of individuals with disabilities and help them reach their full potential.
Here are just a few reasons why you should consider becoming a DSP:
Make a Difference: DSPs play a crucial role in helping individuals with disabilities lead independent and fulfilling lives. You will have the chance to see the positive impact you are making on the lives of others.
Personal Growth: As a DSP, you will have the opportunity to learn new skills, develop empathy and understanding, and gain valuable caregiving experience.
Acquire marketable skills: As a Direct Support Professional, you will learn how to communicate effectively, work as part of a team, and provide support to individuals with disabilities. These skills are transferable to many different careers, making you a sought-after asset in the job market.
Be part of a growing field: The demand for direct support professionals is increasing as more individuals with disabilities seek support to live independently.
Make a difference in your community: In addition to helping individuals with disabilities, DSPs also play a role in creating more inclusive communities. By providing support and promoting independence, you will be helping to break down barriers and promote a more inclusive society.
Flexible Schedule: Not only is the work rewarding, but it’s also flexible. DSPs may work full-time or part-time with shifts ranging from days to nights, and weekends.
We are seeking Direct Support Professionals to join our team. If you are looking for a career that will challenge and inspire you and want to make a positive impact on individuals with disabilities, apply online https://casmircares.com/apply-online/ or call 267-292-3116 today!
National Disability Employment Awareness Month each October to commemorate the many contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. The theme for NDEAM 2022, “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation,” recognizes the important role people with disabilities play in a diverse and inclusive American workforce.
Held annually, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.
For specific ideas about how you can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit www.dol.gov/NDEAM. Suggestions range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more equitable and inclusive workforce, one where all people are recognized for their abilities — every day of every month.
Philadelphia, PA 07/07/2022 – Casmir Care Services Inc. has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.
Casmir Care Services Inc. underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on 04/27/2022 – 04/28/2022. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with Home Care standards spanning several areas including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, national patient safety goals, provision of care, treatment, and services, performance improvement, record of care, treatment, and services, rights and responsibilities of the individual.
The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Casmir Care Services Inc. for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”
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.
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
Although the weather outside may be frightful, there are plenty of reasons not to stay hunkered down inside this December and beyond. A lot of hot spots in Philly become hubs of activity in the winter. You’ll find lots of places to stroll, gawk at the sights, be inspired, and take pictures. And most of the ones listed below are free and accessible.
Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert
Now through Dec. 24 (Closed Christmas Day), Dec. 26-31
Enjoy a longtime Philadelphia tradition. Since 1956, locals have flocked to the Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert, which is wheelchair accessible. Now at Macy’s Center City store in the historic Wanamaker Building, you can watch snowflakes, ballerinas, and reindeer float by against a blue velvet curtain. During the light show, 100,000 bright LED lights create fantastic holiday images. The shows run every two hours from 10 am to 8 pm. At the end of the light show, you’ll hear live festive music from the world-famous Wanamaker Grand Organ. Good, less crowded times for viewing the show are Monday through Thursday.
While you’re there, check out the third floor of Macy’s, which became a “Dickens Village” for the holidays. The 6,000 sq. ft. village brings Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to life with a free self-guided tour of an animatronic display that ends with a one-on-one with Santa.
Where: Macy’s is located in The Wanamaker Building at 13th & Market Streets. More details.
Christmas Village at LOVE Park
Now until Dec. 24
Get into the holiday spirit at Christmas Village at LOVE Park in Philadelphia. Inspired by traditional European open-air Christmas markets, this shopper’s destination offers gifts and festive treats like warm waffles, gingerbread, and mulled wine. About 80 local and international vendors have set up shop here. Each day, street-side performances and special events will be held. For the brave, there are daily Ferris wheel and carousel rides. See the full Christmas Village calendar for upcoming events. The complete festival is wheelchair-accessible.
LumiNature at the Philadelphia Zoo
Now until January 7, 2023
In the evening the zoo lights up with more than 1 million holiday lights in 14 distinct zones. Displays include a 21-foot tall bright snake, a 100-foot-long aquarium tunnel, and a 15-foot tall glowing blue gorilla! More details
A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens
Now until January 8, 2023
Longwood Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland each holiday season. Dozens of holiday trees, luminous outdoor displays, and magical treehouses are on display. More detail
Winter in Franklin Square
Now until February 26, 2023
Visit Franklin Square for free nightly light shows inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s legendary kite and key experiment. More details
Dilworth Park (multiple attractions)
Now – March 26, 2023 (dates vary by attraction)
Head to Center City’s Dilworth Park to see seasonal attractions that have popped up for the holidays and beyond. Like ice skating? Then glide on over to Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink. Even if you prefer not to skate yourself, it’s always fun watching others zipping around. Relax with a hot cocoa at the Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin. And take a stroll through the seasonal plant arrangements and holiday topiary in the Wintergarden. On one side of City Hall, through Jan. 1 you can see a free Deck the Hall light show.
Something new this season is “Play the Lights,” an interactive instrument that works like a normal keyboard, only with technicolor visual effects that are projected onto the façade of City Hall when you play each note. While local professional pianists and organists will be around to showcase what’s possible with synchronized holiday music, you may also get a chance to try your hand at this. Every Tuesday and Wednesday night from 8:45 pm to 9:30 pm, visitors of all ages are welcome to try “playing the lights.”
Look for gifts like handcrafted trinkets, jewelry, and yummies like French toast bites and pretzels at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market through Dec. 24. Elevators between the transit concourse and surface streets make Dilworth Park wheelchair-accessible.
In July, Casmir Care Services took several individuals on a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation of a lifetime!
Our ship embarked from Cape Liberty, New Jersey. We sailed to the beautiful islands of San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Labadee, Haiti; and Kings Wharf, Bermuda.
Our travel adventure included visiting breathtaking beaches and eating delicious food. While aboard the ship, our individuals enjoyed activities, entertainment, and fine dining. They had many opportunities to shop, explore the ship, relax poolside and engage with other guests. As you can see from the photos below, it was an unforgettable vacation experience for everyone.
In November, Casmir Care supported individuals attended “A Night to Remember” hosted by Epic Church. This is a wonderful prom experience designed for adults with disabilities in Philadelphia and surrounding areas.
The evening began with a red carpet entrance and the introduction of a personal “buddy” who attended to the individual’s every need throughout the event. Each guest received VIP treatment at A Night to Remember! The evening included various activities, including dinner, dancing, karaoke, a photo booth, and more. It was a wonderful, fun experience for all!
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:
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.
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.