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Of Recognition and Awards

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Adult Care of Chester County, PA, the recipient of last year’s Adult Day Center Award, honored at the 2012 NADSA Awards Presentation

In most homes with young children, on any given refrigerator, there are a myriad of colored drawings, paper cards, arts and crafts magnets, and the like. Children thrive on seeing their work displayed and on praise given for their efforts. These are tools for building self-esteem, confidence, and self-worth.

Then there come the trophies in school…some for just being a participant in a sport, others for individual accomplishments. In later life, there are honor rolls, club achievements, medals awarded or the presentation of certificates of appreciation.

Abraham Maslow, a famous psychologist, states in his study “The Theory of Motivation” that humans need to be recognized. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, human beings have five different types of needs: basic needs like food and wate; safety needs like shelter; love needs from family and friends; esteem needs which include respect for yourself and others; and self-actualization, which include purpose and personal growth. Once these lower-level needs have been met, people can move on to the next level of needs. As people progress up the pyramid, needs become increasingly psychological and social.

Recognition is not just about praise, or the awards or fulfilling a need. Plain and simple, it’s about showing gratitude for hard work and a job well done. At NADSA’s annual conference each year, we endeavor to recognize the best of the best in the Day Center industry. Oftentimes, the work of outstanding individuals can be taken for granted or overlooked. A little “pat on the back” can go a long way.

Is there a Day Center that is innovative and exceeds ordinary standards of operation? Is there that hard-working director at your Day Center that continually pushes the bar on behalf of the facility’s clients and patrons? Is there an individual who has given his/her all in making sure programming at the day center suits the needs of the clientele and embraces person-centered care? What about that special volunteer who quietly enters the doors of your day center day after day, who’s always there to lend a helping hand or just to provide that needed companionship for a client?

These are just a few of the individuals or organizations NADSA would like to honor at our annual conference in October. Think about that person, the person who never craves the recognition, but one that just does his/her work in an extraordinary way. Think about a Day Center that always pushes the bar. Think about that gift of gratitude in the way of a national recognition that you could bestow on that person or organization. And, then think about how that person or organization would react to such a gift.

It’ll be like hanging their favorite picture on the refrigerator all over again.

Look for awards nominations coming in June….

—Dana Territo, Board Member and Awards Subcommittee

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