More PSWs needed
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Mar 06, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

More PSWs needed

Stratford Gazette

Re: Health critic reaches out to local providers, news, Feb. 28

In response to Christine Elliott's comments on needing more home care:  personal support workers (PSWs) are becoming to few in numbers and are quickly becoming fatigued, discouraged and frustrated. Home care is giving very few hours to families so if they want more they must pay. Having home care 24-7 is not possible.

Administrators I have talked to say when they come to their nursing homes from their home they are in very bad shape. This is not the fault of administrators, nurses or PSWs; Deb Matthews and her government must start where the problem is.

There must be more PSWs to residents. Without PSWs there is no nursing homes for residents to go. That is the bottom line. Matthews must bring back the ratio between PSW to resident.

Do you really think residents are getting good care when one PSW has to look after 17 residents and sometimes  more? There is no use putting in more programs that do not work.  I agree with having a registry, but a hands-on one, where a PSW will get hands-on training at a nursing home.

The residents and the PSWs are the ones that are suffering, and again you can’t have one without the other.

Susanne Staldegger


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