LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) named 10 ResCare employee-caregivers as top direct support professionals (DSPs) in their states and Canada for providing compassion, respect and care in their roles supporting people with disabilities. DSPs – also referred to as caregivers, personal care assistants, direct care or home care aides – provide daily support services for the many Americans with disabilities.
The ANCOR DSP award honors exemplary work in advancing community inclusion and full participation for the many Americans living with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities.
“We are very proud of our ResCare employees for earning this national recognition for the care and compassion they provide to individuals with disabilities that they serve,” said ResCare Chief Clinical Officer Rachael Kurzer Givens, responsible for quality and clinical outcomes. “Our employees are passionate about the opportunity and responsibility they have to assist people to reach their highest level of independence every day.”
Nationwide, more than 1 million individuals with disabilities rely on the services of caregivers to live, work and thrive in their communities, and the demand is growing rapidly. ResCare’s Residential Services organization employs nearly 17,600 employee-caregivers who are focused on providing excellent human services that enhance the lives of more individuals across the country. ResCare’s 2016 ANCOR state and Canada winners are:
- Armielynn Usita (California)
- Markita Clark (Florida)
- Heather Smith (Georgia)
- Taniskia Morning (Illinois)
- SueAnn LeVack (Michigan)
- Edwin Roberts (North Carolina)
- Heather Short (Nebraska)
- Keisha Miller (Texas)
- Lisa Weaver (West Virginia)
- Kayla Finstad (Canada)
These outstanding caregivers help individuals with disabilities in so many ways every day. For example, one of the winners served as a job coach and helped a client navigate how to find a job; another winner was noted for her patience in teaching clients the skills they need to learn to dine in a restaurant. Read more about the 2016 winners and all 68 of ResCare’s nominees for DSP of the Year at http://www.rescare.com/dsp-awards.
The winners were honored in May at ANCOR’s national conference in Chicago.
“When it comes to supporting community living, inclusion and choice for people with disabilities, DSPs are the front line workers we rely on,” said Barbara Merrill, CEO of ANCOR. “These awards are just one small measure of saying thank you to individuals like these ResCare employees.”
ResCare, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, has more than 40 years of experience helping people reach their highest level of independence. It is one of the largest providers of home care to seniors and services to people with disabilities, offering residential and home support services, education, vocational training and job placement for people of all ages and skill levels. Its 50,000 employees serve nearly 60,000 people daily in 42 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information about ResCare, please visit the company’s website at http://www.rescare.com/
The American Network of Community Options and Resources is a national trade association representing more than 1,000 private providers of community living and employment supports and services to more than 600,000 individuals with disabilities with a workforce that’s 400,000 strong. ANCOR advocates for the crucial role private providers play in enhancing and supporting the lives of people with disabilities and their families.