What is it like working as a Personal Support Worker (PSW)?
Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Dryden:
"Making a difference."
Pros: I absolutely love spending time with seniors. They have so much to give and tell! I also like giving support to their caregivers both from the community and from the long term care home. If I can make things easier for them offer a hug or helping hand, I love to put a smile on their face. I feel that this is where I need to be, and loving every minute of it!
Cons: I struggle with not having enough time in a day to spend with each and everyone. It always seems to be rush rush rush because at times there's not enough staff and no funding for more.
Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Toronto:
"Are seniors' emotional and physical needs being met?"
Pros: People come in all shapes and sizes, but to be a whole person, the one thing we all have in common is the need for emotional and physical support.
Cons: We focus too much on the physical needs and forget that we cannot live a full life without physical AND emotional needs.
Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Kitchener:
"Being A PSW."
Pros: Knowing your making a change to make someone's life easier and better quality.
Cons: Becoming attached to clients after working with them for some time. You build a connection but have to stay professional and remember its a job.
Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Cornwall:
Pros: Helping elders with additional daily living. Knowing that I go to work and make a difference. Every day is different and I cope very well with change. You never know what to expect and I love my job. Working with elders with dementia is challenging on a daily basis.
Cons: Working rotation of 3 different 8 hour shifts in one week. Don't mind the rotations of shifts but would prefer it to be weekly. It causes stress and fatigue amongst our co-workers. We are short staffed and are always working short. It makes everyone on edge and the residents can see it. Having employees who don't have the education who work with the elders also can be discouraging. Most employees use the wrongful approach with most of the elders and don't understand why some don't cooperate. Working in a long term care facility every employee should have additional training with dementia papers so they can understand the disease and work properly with these residents.