AWIC interviewed different local professionals for an inside look into their work. You can learn more about Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations (NOC 4412 ) through a detailed Career Profile.
Driving to clients homes to assist with activities of daily living such as showers, toileting and meal preps as well as med assists and light housekeeping that may be needed. Friendly visits and socialization is also a very important key for these seniors as many do not leave home often.
I graduated from Sault College back in 2004 with my Personal Support Worker diploma, I graduated with honours. We were also required to complete hours at a LTC facility throughout the course. It was a 1 year program.
I chose this career because I love to help people and assist with care that is necessary for them to live their best life!
Friendly and compassionate, patient and hard working, attention to detail.
That even small things we take for granted each day matter so much more to people who are not able to complete tasks they used to be able to, with our help we maintain the clients independence and pride.
The people! My clients are all wonderful people, as well as their families and of course my co- workers, we are all a team! I love to see my clients smile!
Sometimes it can be frustrating when we can only do so much and wish we could do more!
It isn’t always easy but if you have a deep down love for helping people and you don’t mind working hard it is a very rewarding career! To me it is so much more than just a job!
There are extra screening processes before we report to work and at the end of the day plus we need to screen our clients for changes prior to visits. Lots of extra PPE and masks make it more difficult to communicate with some clients as they cannot see out lips when we talk.
Sometimes it has been scary. You worry about yourself getting sick and bringing home to your family or bringing to a client, I did a lot more online shopping and one designated grocery shopper just to lower the risk. I am fully vaccinated but I still am very careful, good hand hygiene, masks and avoiding large crowds.
We were understaffed at some points and we would all pitch in to work double shifts and extras to ensure our clients received the care they deserved
It gave me the feeling that anything is possible and that we are strong and resilient and just gave me more pride in my job.
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