Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Cornwall:
"Be the best you can be."
This is such a rewarding career for not only the people U care for but yourself as well.. You get to meet new individuals with different needs every day. When your day is done, and you sit at home, a feeling of completeness and love fills your heart knowing you have made someone's day so much better and their families and at ease. I have a lot of pride in what I do being not everyone can do what we do every single day. We are the front line of care workers and we shine bright!
Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Ottawa:
"Personal Support Worker."
Take care of your back. Work smarter not harder. Take any course you can to help yourself.
Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Brockville:
"You Work Hard Can Be Stressful Shift Work."
To know that it is rewarding but it is also very draining sometimes physically and emotionally! You work shift work hours so its hard to balance work and home!
Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Sudbury:
"Satisfaction In Giving Just A Little Extra."
In this day and age where baby boomers are now becoming seniors in need of this service, the role of the PSW is crucial.
We are the front line workers to the everyday events at our job, good or bad.
If I could give anyone advice to someone who is thinking about becoming a PSW it's just these four words:
"Don't ever become robotic"
This field of work is NOT an assembly line. We are dealing with humans with needs similar to our own and we will be in their shoes one day.
Lets make our role the best in its field.
Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Windsor:
You must go into this career because you are passionate about seniors and realizing that many times, some of your clients will pass away and that you will grieve just as the families do, because your clients become part of your family. As you care for these clients, you become attached to them and they become attached to you as well.
You must understand that you will be taking care of another person's most cherished family member and that you are to treat them as you would like to be treated, because the family members are counting on you to be an extension of their love, care, kindness, patience in their absence.
You must be able to handle stressful situations, emergencies calmly and have a great sense of humor.
You must be well educated on proper lifting techniques and body mechanics so that you do not get injured.
Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Toronto:
"Time is Gold."
In this type of job you have to have more patience and understanding, giving your client dignity and privacy and most of all do it first before you complain.
Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Renfrew:
"Not for everyone."
It is a very strenuous career, both physically & mentally, but also rewarding. Many of us feel over-worked & under-payed, even at the highest rates out there, these folks are very dependent and can be very demanding, not to mention we basically have to live their lives for 8 hrs in a day, and their safety is our responsibility. The hours are not enough for 1 job, so often we find ourselves working 2 jobs, although they say we are in high demand. Shift work & on call is a pain for us part of the time. I myself find I have to work every single weekend to make a ends meet.