Welcome to the spectacle that is fall in North Central Pennsylvania. The leaves are in full color and the local scenery is spectacular. On September 8, we held our annual Sharing and Festival. Sharing is a time when family members gather and hear presentations about how things are going at Martha Lloyd. More importantly, it is a time for discussion and the sharing of ideas. I made a point this year to talk about our advocacy for their loved ones. From the Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to the house managers, and the rest of the Administrative team, we take this advocacy responsibility very seriously. We understand that we are not actually family members, however, we are family and advocate for our residents with that in mind. Ensuring that everyone is treated with respect and is not dismissed because of his or her disabilities is of utmost importance.

I am also very pleased to report that the long pending renovation to Memorial Hall is fully underway. Over the next 10 to 12 weeks, we will be creating a new enclosed handicapped accessible entrance on the south side of the building.   We are also adding a new bathroom that will be located in the Senior Center and the two (2) existing restrooms will be renovated. New doors, more energy efficient windows and complete upgrade of the HVAC systems will also occur. During the entire project, traffic through the main part of Martha Lloyd will be restricted. None of these projects would be possible without donations and funding from outside sources. On behalf of everyone at Martha Lloyd – Thank you!

September 11 – 15 was Direct Support Professional (DSP) week as proclaimed by Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf. This week is so important as we acknowledge the incredible job our DSPs do every day. Being a DSP is really where the rubber meets the road as care is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There has been an ongoing crisis concerning the ability to employ enough DSPs on a regular basis. This is primarily due to low wages and the job being very difficult and demanding. For the first time in ten (10) years, there was an increase in Intellectual Disabilities (ID) funding in PA, some of which will be used to improve wages for the DSPs. If you are interested in learning more about the DSP crisis, please visit https://youtu.be/Cso52fp3m6U . Our State Association PAR put this short video together.

Yours in Peace!