Home Support Worker (Episode 130)On November 14, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Providing care, comfort and compassion for the elderly who have unique needs is all in a day’s work for this next career: a home support worker. Hi. I’m Brian.
Hi. I’m Misty. You got any time to talk to me about your career today? Sure. Come on.
Great. My name’s Misty. I’m a home support worker and I work out of Castlegar, B.C. Being a community health worker, I provide personal care and companionship to help the elderly stay at home longer. I go in and I administer medications. I bathe them. I make sure that they’re fed,
they have breakfast, lunch or dinner. I help them get dressed, if they
need assistance with that. The first thing I do when I start work
is I sign in to safety line. You call in to them when you’re
working alone in the community, just to show that you’re safe. And then I go to my first client’s house. Say good morning and see how their night was, see what they want for breakfast–it will be in a care plan in the binder and it will tell you what’s to be done in the a.m. care, at lunchtime, suppertime and bedtime. I have to make sure that they’ll be okay
until the next worker comes, that they have something to drink,
that they’ve had something to eat, that they’ve washed up
and clean and just ready for the day. I work a nine hour window, which is, I work from 8 ’til 5, and there’s always overtime. There’s lots of work to be had. So tell me what are some of the benefits of staying in their own home as opposed to moving into an assisted living facility? They get to keep their independence, which is important for everyday life, and their mobility. They move around more themselves, if they’re… don’t have somebody
doing it for them all the time. Some of the certifications you need for the home support worker is,
you got to have your First Aid, your CPR, your FOODSAFE is another one, and you have to have your WHMIS, as well. You do have to have a certificate for a health-care aide. Different colleges offer this care-aide course. You can bridge to be an LPN. You can bridge from that to be an RN, as well, and you can still work for home support and be the team lead. A huge part of this job is having to be social, and you’re really making, and creating and maintaining relationships with all of your clients. After time, you get to see them quite often so you start to build an emotional and social relationship with them. Having a routine for me is very important because you only have a certain amount of time. It’s easier to go from what’s most difficult to do and then work your way down to the easier parts. Your hands are an extension of their hands. What their hands can no longer do, your hands are now doing for them and with them. Yeah, helping them get their socks on, getting dressed. Just standing there at the stove
for too long could be too much for them. The most reward is going home at the end of the day and realizing that you’ve helped those clients make it through another day at home. Misty, thank you so much for your time today. My pleasure. Take care
You, too. Once again, I’m Brian for Career Trek, reminding you that this career could be yours.