RICHMOND HILL, ON, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ - This morning Ontario's Health Minister Deb Matthews joined Juliette Chestney, a
Personal Support Worker (PSW) from Milton, to "Walk-A-Day" in her shoes
to better understand the important role that PSWs play in Ontario's
healthcare system and learn about the challenges faced everyday by
frontline healthcare staff.
The event was organized by SEIU Healthcare, Canada's largest healthcare
union, in conjunction with Red Cross Care Partners and the Mississauga
Halton Community Care Access Centre. Juliette Chestney is a member of
SEIU Healthcare and an RCCP employee who works in the Mississauga
The day began with Minister Matthews joining Ms. Chestney at her home
for breakfast and a talk about the coming day. Both then proceeded to
visit two of Ms. Chestney's clients, where the Minister was able to
observe the type of care that PSWs provide every day. This care
included helping a person get out of bed, bathe and dress, brush and
floss their teeth, and perform a range of motion exercises. In the
process, the Minister was able to witness the strong and trusting bond
that people in need of care form with their PSW.
"We are very pleased that the Minister was able to spend some time with
one of our PSWs and have an opportunity to see first-hand the critical
role that PSWs play in the lives of people needing assistance," said
Sharleen Stewart, President, SEIU Healthcare.
Caroline Brereton, CEO of the Mississauga Halton Community Care Access
Centre (CCAC), recognizes the valuable partnerships the CCAC has with
service provider organizations in achieving successful and sustainable
health care for patients in the Mississauga Halton region.
"Our ability to deliver on the tremendous demand for services from
patients with significant care needs is made possible through
collaboration with our outstanding service provider organizations,"
said Ms. Brereton. "We collaborate closely with these organizations as
we strive to deliver consistent, effective, high-quality care to keep
our patients safely at home for as long as possible. PSWs are an
important part of the circle of care in the community."
Ms. Stewart pointed out that the health minister had the opportunity not
only to learn about the day-to-day challenges faced by PSWs and the
people they care for, such as not having enough time to spend with each
client, but the broader systemic issues such as how to attract and
retain quality healthcare workers to ensure the long-term
sustainability of Ontario's heathcare system.
"The health minister established a great rapport with Ms. Chestney, our
Personal Support Worker, and gained excellent hands-on insight on the
value of homecare. We would like to thank Minister Matthews for her
commitment to supporting the delivery of quality care to the people of
Ontario, and for working with us to make today's event a huge success."
About SEIU Healthcare
SEIU Healthcare, Canada's largest healthcare union, represents more than
50,000 healthcare and community services workers across Ontario. The
union's members work in hospitals, home care, nursing and retirement
homes and community services throughout the province. SEIU Healthcare
has a strong track record of improving wages, benefits and working
conditions for healthcare workers, supporting the training and
development needs of its members, and strengthening standards in the
management and delivery of patient and client care.
SOURCE: SEIU Healthcare
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