Flu Season Protection

Health and Wellness

The fall season is here. School is back, Halloween is coming, and the flu virus too. Prior to COVID-19, the flu was among the most deadly respiratory diseases that greatly affected the very young and very old. As with a lot of viruses, the flu virus is very tricky, and there is always a war going on at the microscopic level of immune systems. The making of the annual flu vaccine is an arduous task from the World Health Organization (WHO). They know the virus will emerge in the peak season, but it’s all very nuanced and studied guesswork on …

5 Reasons to be a DSP

Staff Perspectives

  Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are the foundation at The Arc of Monroe. This week, we are celebrating them as part of National DSP Recognition Week. From supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in residential settings, to coordinating fun recreational outings, to working on art and music projects, our DSPs have many talents. While the job comes with unique challenges, it also comes with many perks. Check out our top 5 reasons to be a DSP! 1 – Make a Difference in Someone’s Life As a DSP, you have the opportunity to support people with IDD in almost …

Chronic Pain and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

Health and Wellness

Studies have shown that pain has long been recognized to have a negative effect on emotional status, ability to work, social activities, interpersonal relationships, and functional ability and leads to the increased utilization of healthcare services. I chose this topic because it is personal to me. I have bone-on-bone arthritis in my hip, and my quality of life has been greatly effected because the pain is exhausting.  With that said, I am lucky because I have the tools to either ask for help or get help myself. Can you imagine having chronic pain and not being able to express your …