THIS JOB ISN'T FOR EVERYONE - OUR HEROES OF HOMECARE
Ontarians depend on the support our Personal Support Workers (PSWs) provide every day. We want everyone to understand the skilled care, love and compassion they provide.
This job isn't for everyone; it takes a special kind of person to do their job. They are our Heroes of Homecare. Our healthcare system couldn’t operate without them. That's why we're asking those who receive care from a PSW and your families to tell us how your PSW helps you retain your independence in your own home and why this is important to you.
It's easy - just visit our website and tell us your homecare story in your own words. #RiseForHomecare
Heroes of Homecare
I became a PSW to help seniors stay in their home as long as they could. To give dignity and kindness and love. So many seniors fall through the cracks because they have no one to help, or family, or they are too proud to ask. I try to make their day good and happy, and make them feel good about themselves.
Giselle Ralph, PSW
I love helping people who can’t help themselves. To be able to earn the trust of your clients even when everything around them seems to be disappearing such as their spouse, health or independence is a great gift.
Darla Fiset, PSW
CALLING ALL FAMILIES OF HOMECARE
March 1, 2016
By: Karin Micheelsen
When I was 11 years old, there was a fire at my house and my little sister, who was 10 at the time was badly burned. 80% of her body was covered with scar tissue and it took a lot of sensitive skin grafting to heal her. Afterwards, I took care of her. I helped with her physio, changed her dressings, prepared her medications because she couldn’t do it for herself and help her dress. As a burn victim she had to wear special clothing all over her entire body.
That’s why I became a PSW. Through caring for my sister, I found I wanted to help others. Someone has to do it. This happened in the mid-1980s and there weren’t homecare services like we have today. As a front line PSW I can give people the assistance they need to keep their lifestyles as they were before the ailment hit them. Andy Elliot, Personal Support Worker
The truth is, many of us probably don’t even realize that homecare impacts us. But think about your neighbours, parents, grandparents and friends. How do they survive day to day? Chances are they are a homecare recipient. In other words, someone comes to their home on a regular basis to support their living, whether it’s a bath, cleaning up after them, feeding them, doing their laundry, and so on (though we know that homecare workers do so much more than that).
When was the last time you checked in to see what type of care your loved ones have received? Often times we don’t, because we are confident that our families are receiving some of the best care under the wing of frontline homecare workers such as Andy.
Andy’s story above is one of the many reasons why it’s important we, as a collective whole, rise for homecare. People who are or will be impacted by homecare are all around you: the person sitting next to you on the bus, driving alongside you on the highway, standing in front of you in the lunch line- all of these folks either know someone who has received homecare or will one day need these services themselves. But PSWs aren’t the only ones with stories- families of homecare have some of the most touching accounts. That’s why we are calling on families of homecare to come forward and join the movement. Tell us how your life has been impacted by homecare; it’s time we hear from you.
I AM RISING FOR HOMECARE
May 11, 2015
By: Shilpa R. Sharma
This weekend I’m going to go see my parents; they live a few hours away in the house I was born and raised in. It’s a house that is full of old trophies, graduation pictures, half a dozen typewriters, hundreds of old stamps, the largest spice collection in North America, and drawers full of collectible china (my Dad loves collecting things!) This is the house they’ve owned and lived in since 1980. No matter how far they travel or how many weeks of the year they are away, they always look forward to coming home.
There is something comforting and even rejuvenating about being home- I’m guessing this story isn’t unique to my family.
I am Rising for Homecare, because one day my parents may need some extra care & support, and I am certain they will want to be cared for in their own home.
Across Ontario, we know that the population continues to live longer, healthier lives. We know that in twenty years almost 1 in 4 of us will be a senior- it might even be you. Homecare may not be the only solution to our aging population, but research indicates it’s a valuable solution.
It’s a solution that people desire, deserve and depend on.
If you know someone who receives care in their home…
If you know a Personal Support Worker...
If you’ve ever received homecare or are a PSW…
If you think you deserve to age with dignity…
If you love your parents & grandparents…
Then It’s Time to Rise for Homecare.
There are a number of ways you can Rise for Homecare. Now is the time to:
Articulate your thoughts in a story
Communicate your views by signing a letter to your MPP online
Tell your friends & family
And don’t forget to tell us when you #riseforhomecare
WE NEED A STRONGER HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
May 6, 2015
By: Greg Dwulit
The demand on healthcare services is growing. According to the recent report published by the Conference Board of Canada in April 2015 called Understanding Health and Social Services for Seniors in Canada, it explains how the growing number of seniors are driving up demand for healthcare services.
The number of seniors who need healthcare is much higher than their younger counterparts. The amount of money spent on someone’s health needs in their 80s is much higher than someone in their 20s, 30s or 40s. And the number of seniors is growing.
In 1971, 8 percent of Canadians were 65 and older. In 2011 that number increased to 15 percent. By 2036 that number is projected to increase to a whopping 25 percent. Not only does that mean the number of Canadians who require large amounts of health spending is going to increase, the number people who are of working age (ages 15 to 64) is dropping. That means we have a smaller tax base to raise the money we need to properly care for our growing senior’s health needs. Right now there are 5 working Canadians for every senior. By 2030 that number will drop by nearly half to 2.7.
That’s why we need a stronger homecare system to look after the needs of our aging population. SEIU Healthcare has recently launched a campaign called Rise for Homecare. As demand for homecare grows, we need to build a homecare system that looks after our seniors properly.