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4 Creative Ideas for Direct Support Professional Recognition Week

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is September 11 – 17. While many healthcare and developmental disability agencies wish to show their appreciation for their direct support professionals (DSPs) throughout the year, September is a great opportunity to pull out all the stops and do something extra special for the DSPs who work tirelessly to serve your clients. Direct Care Innovations would like to share some ideas for how you can show your DSPs that they are valued, respected, and appreciated. 

4 Creative Ideas for DSP Appreciation Week

1. Video Interviews

Interview various individuals who your agency supports, along with their family members and friends. Ask them to share a brief message on how particular DSPs have made a positive impact on their loved ones. Create 30-second videos using these interviews and post them on social media or your website, or send them in an email to your amazing DSPs.

2. Self-Care Gift Bags

Because you know how hard your DSPs work each and every day, why not show them your gratitude by putting together a gift bag full of self-care items? Candies or chocolates, coffee shop gift cards, calming herbal teas, essential oil rollers, and journals are a few popular ideas you can include in gift bags for your DSPs.

3. Evening Out

Plan an evening of food and fun to celebrate your DSPs at one of your favorite local restaurants. You may want to plan two different dates in order to accommodate everyone’s schedule. You can also plan some games or simply let them relax and enjoy being served for the evening.

4. Wellness Day

Arrange for each of your DSPs to be pampered at a local fitness center, spa, or salon. Let them choose between a variety of self-care activities such as massages, hair or nail care, mindfulness sessions, or a fitness class.

Thank Your DSPs Today

Let these creative appreciation ideas be a launching pad for how your particular agency can show gratitude to your direct support professionals. If you need a reliable healthcare technology platform that can help your teams reach peak performance, contact DCI today. You can request a demo by calling us at (480) 295-3307.

Source: “2022 Direct Support Professional Recognition Week.” Web article. ANCOR. American Network of Community Options & Resources. Web. 03 Sep. 2022.

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