Across the world, the demand for homecare is growing. Our healthcare system needs to provide the best possible care for patients, clients and residents in the comfort of their own home. That’s why SEIU Healthcare is running a public awareness campaign called Rise for Homecare. There are a lot of people who have been telling us they feel the same way.
Take Robin Plein, a PSW from Timmins, for instance.
“So what does a senior need to stay at home? A reasonably comfortable safe place, good simple food - not frozen dinners. They also need to socialize, with us and others. They need to get out, walk, and if possible, feel useful. They all have different needs,” she says.
Homecare PSWs are dedicated to their job and their clients. Just listen to what PSW Debbie Kruk has to say.
“We PSW’s make sacrifices to work this job. Why do we do it? We love the people we look after and our jobs. People are struggling out there on their own. We care for blind, elderly people in their nineties, living in their home.”
“As far as I can see the need for homecare has risen,” Debbie added.
Many people value the work PSWs do for their families. Just ask Judith Medwid, a parent who lost her daughter to a neurological disease last year. Her daughter was only 43 years old.
“I have the utmost praise for every PSW who took care of my daughter in her last year of life. They were very caring, cheerful and above all, professional, right to the last day of her life. Help was only a phone call away. Thanks with all our hearts. ❤”
Homecare workers like Shereta Bowers is the type of homecare worker people relyon.
“As a home care worker going in the retirement home in the morning to care for my clients, it is a joyful experience for me,” Shereta says.
Cynthia Colby is a family member who also understands the important work PSWs do for their clients.
“I am a family member who fully supports your initiatives toward improving homecare access, wage increases for PSWs. My Mother has Alzheimer’s. She lives at home with her husband. She would be living in a nursing home if we didn’t have a caregiver providing her with some relief. Thanks for all you do!”
What do you think of our homecare system? You can also join the conversation at our Rise for Homecare campaign page. Let us know. Rise with us. Together, we can help create a stronger, better homecare system.