We hear a lot about healthcare workers on the front lines of the Coronavirus pandemic, and they are truly unselfish heroes who deserve much honor and praise.
People don’t always realize that, behind the scenes but still on the front lines at home, are the direct support workers, or DSWs. Direct support workers take care of many people with disabilities who choose to live in their own homes and communities instead of in a facility. The fact that DSWs are there day in and day out, to assure that individuals’ needs are met, makes them everyday heroes.
Throughout this pandemic, DSWs have had to face many new challenges. While much of our normal society has had to shut down, DSWs still have to meet the needs of their customers. Their ability to be resourceful, creative and loyal has become paramount to the survival of our thousands of customers with disabilities.
We hear about the numbers of people in nursing facilities who have been hit by this terrible virus. We realize now, more than ever, how important it is for people to be able to stay in their own homes and communities instead of a nursing home. We appreciate and honor the vital importance of these everyday heroes, the direct support workers.
My thanks and love to each and every one of you and the people that you serve,