Providing Care During COVID

On Monday, Dr David Kenneth Wright spoke during the “FREE WEBINAR SERIES for PSWs about providing care during COVID. I was touched by the stories he shared, by the points that he made, and by the responses/input from those who attended. Near the end of his presentation he said and asked, “COVID-19 has changed so […]

Free education for PSWs, but at what cost?

The Ontario government plans to train 6000 to 8,000 new PSWs by December 2021, offering free tuition, textbooks and a paid practicum. Given the devastating effects of COVID in Ontario LTC facilities it is so important to increase the numbers of PSWs in each home. But will increasing the pool of available PSWs actually translate into improved […]

A dream come true –

PACE for PSWs online palliative care education is open for registrations! By Kath Murray Anyone who knows me knows that I am a fan of Personal Support Workers. Anyone who knows me, knows that my palliative care career has focused on addressing the education needs of PSWs. And so, it is no surprise to those […]

Fatigue, Burnout, Resilience – Why am I feeling this way?

Listen to the recording of this session presented by Michelle O’Rourke By Michelle O’Rourke Living and working through the pandemic has affected us deeply, and often we can’t quite put our finger on why we are not feeling like we used to.  For the most part, this ‘heaviness’ we feel at times is an accumulation […]

A reflection by Maureen Russell

Today I met with a wonderful group of Health Care Assistant students from Capilano University. In preparation for the time together they sent me a list of questions, and I in turn considered the questions and what I might share. I shared with them a reflection written by Maureen Russell, a psychosocial care provider who […]

PSWs* identify their top five concerns

In July 2021 we invited PSWs (HCAs/CCAs) to identify their top five concerns. Their response: Preventing compassion fatigue and burnout. Dealing with grief associated with COVID, restrictions, etc.. Finding education in palliative and end-of-life care education and training. Building the skills to be heard and acknowledged as vital members of the team. Working short staffed. […]

A personal reflection on grief during the pandemic

Submitted by Kassey M. June 2021, reflecting on her grief while working in Long Term Care during COVID Grief is an understandable reaction to loss. It’s the emotional pain you experience when something or someone you care about is taken away from you. It can be excruciatingly painful at times. From shock or fury to disbelief, remorse, […]

Palliative Care – a Human Right – so apparent during COVID

Deaths from COVID-19 are approaching 3 million world-wide. Much of the discussion about ethical issues has centered around the availability of ventilators, but little has been said about the need and the responsibility to provide palliative care, ways to integrate a palliative approach for those who are seriously ill, and how to best support those […]

Grief during COVID

In an article titled, “There is no vaccine for grief” Maxine Rattner and Marney Thompson write, “While grief itself isn’t a mental-health condition, unsupported grief can turn into one, such as depression and suicidal thinking. And due to the circumstances of COVID, the risk is far higher that grief won’t be supported.”    Andrea Warnick, an educator, […]

How do you infuse love in your organization?

Several years ago I was inspired as I read writings from Stephen Post and Thomas Kitwood defining love in dementia care. “Love within the context of dementia care includes comfort in the original sense of tenderness, closeness, the calming of anxiety and bonding.” (Kitwood, 2003) “Altruistic love involves both a judgement of worth, and a […]