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Fall 2021 Newsletter

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A message from Executive Director Amy Evans


Fall is here, although you would not necessarily know it, as we are experiencing our typical sunny, mild days at Devereux California. As we enter October, we are focusing on two things: COVID-19 and staffing.

With the rise of the delta variant, we continue to implement COVID-19 safety protocols, including social distancing, proper mask wearing and limiting activities in the community. There is no doubt, we all have a bit of COVID-19 fatigue at this point, and want our lives to go back to normal as soon as possible. However, we need to balance that with keeping our community safe. I imagine many of you are starting to think about the holidays, and we encourage you to speak with your family member’s staff/team to begin working on holiday planning.

As you may be aware, we are in the midst of a national staffing crisis. Staffing in our field has been at a critical juncture since well before the pandemic. This is generally the case in healthcare/behavioral health services because of the rates we are paid, which then dictate the rates that staff can be paid. This very challenging situation has been significantly exacerbated by COVID-19. Devereux has instituted a number of incentives and initiatives, including sign-on bonuses, referral bonuses, increasing our starting rates, and enhanced pay/bonuses for team members working additional shifts. We are even starting to explore international recruitment. As you look around, you can see in your own communities the impact on the workforce in general. We do not see this problem going away anytime soon, but we are working hard to ensure we stand out as an organization and an employer of choice.

For those who have been able to participate in our monthly family calls - thank you. We are grateful to be able to continue to engage with our families and provide you with important information related to our COVID-19 policies. If you have any suggestions for topics at our monthly family calls, please let us know.

Thanks again for all of the wonderful family support given to us during the pandemic, and also thanks for your willingness to work with us as we navigate the challenging task of implementing all of the changing directives, ensuring your loved ones remain safe.

We love our staff!

At Devereux California, we look forward to the month of September all year long. In fact, we start preparing for its arrival months in advance! You may be wondering, “What’s so special about September?” It is during this month that we dedicate a week to showing our appreciation for our direct support professionals (DSPs). While we admire and honor our DSPs each and every day, during Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, we go all out to show it - just as they do for the adults in our care.

We really got into the spirit this year with themed dress-up days, raffles and prizes, goodie bags, and more. It was definitely a week of fun and flare, which is just what we could all use more of these days. Check out some of our crafty and creative individuals and staff!

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If you are reading this newsletter, you are probably already following us on social media. If you haven’t done so yet, click the links below for some weekly inspiration and updates on our California campus from our new Admissions and Marketing Manager, Indra! While our newsletters are created quarterly, Indra is doing her part to keep our families, followers and the community in the know with current events at Devereux California. What are you waiting for? Check us out now!

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Thank you!

As we begin to welcome the holiday season, that special time of year for spreading love and gratitude, we want to thank you for your ongoing support. With your generosity, over the past 75-plus years, we have been able to create an enriching and fulfilling environment for the individuals we are privileged to serve, as well as our staff. For that, we are extremely grateful, and look forward to unlocking even more human potential in the years to come.  

Fall 2021 Newsletter | Summer 2021 Newsletter | Spring 2021 Newsletter
Winter 2021 Newsletter | Fall 2020 Newsletter | Summer 2020 Newsletter