Thank You, PSWs!
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Thank You, PSWs!

By Paul Wilson, Director of Research and Education

Last November, my family had the challenging task of moving my 89-year-old Dad—who has Parkinson’s disease—into long term care. Like thousands of other families, we had to deal with the process associated with this transition and all of the emotions, thoughts, and questions that come to surface at such a time.

How will Dad handle this transition? Will he get the care he needs? Will Dad be happy in his new residence?

These and many other questions flood one’s mind.

Four months later, I am pleased to say that my Dad is doing better now than he was while he was still at home. Credit for this reality belongs to his long term caregivers—in particular, the personal support workers (PSWs) who were there the minute my Dad arrived and who daily provide most of his care, going out of their way to meet his needs and make his life as good as it can be under the circumstances.

My Dad and our family are so grateful for these workers. They work short constantly, deal gracefully and compassionately with challenging situations and residents, and never receive the recognition they deserve for the sacrifices and herculean efforts to provide care that they make happen every day.

As a family, we have made every effort to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the PSWs and other caregivers who help my Dad.

I am so pleased that CLAC—a union that represents so many PSWs in Ontario—has launched a campaign to thank PSWs for the many invaluable contributions they make to the health and well-being of the residents they serve.

If you have not done so already, please watch the video about the work PSWs do and add your voice to mine by saying “Thank you, PSWs!” on the Thank a PSW Facebook page.    

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