As we get closer to being able to get outside and appreciate the fresh air, I thought it would be a great time to focus on something important.
Bear Creek Service’s 3rd value statement:
We value the physical, mental, and emotional health and WELL-BEING of each individual.
When the Board of Directors and staff members agreed to this value statement, it was emphasized that this would include everyone at Bear Creek Services: those we support in our programs, and also the staff members who do the supporting.
The Direct Support Professionals (DSP’s) who work in our programs are the eyes and ears to the health and well-being of the people we support. Noticing a minor change in a person’s daily mood or routine, and noting those small changes, has been instrumental in detecting health conditions that have helped us address medical needs.
Noticing a person’s behavioral changes can also help someone maintain their mental health. We are grateful for our DSPs skill and knowledge when detecting these important things.
Promoting good health and well-being of everyone that works for us is also important. Last fall we sent a survey to all staff about what we can do to offer incentives to health and wellness. A small group has been meeting to address the results of that survey.
One of the first things that is already being offered: Cooking classes!!! We are in the process of planning other activities to respond to the feedback that we received.
We thank our DSP’s and House Supervisors for all that they do – and we need them to know that they are valued by all of us.
Linda Driessen, Executive Director