Rose Hrechka: Home Care Attendant
My day will come where I may need this service and am so grateful that it exists. My mother always says, pay it forward and do unto others as you would like done to you. I live by these words.
Local 406 - Community Support Component
When you are taking care of someone’s loved one, you are also taking care of the entire family by giving them piece of mind.
As a Home Care worker in the community you become a wealth of knowledge. Everyone is looking to you for answers. You cannot panic; there is no panic in Home Care, only empathy and sympathy, and doing the best that you can do. You are the front line...the eyes and ears for family and the health care system.
I was once asked, as a Home Care worker in the community, "what do you do?" The answer is a mouthful: I provide personalized care and support to clients and their families by assisting with instrumental activities of daily living, respite service, and designated nursing functions to ensure the continued health, safety, comfort and independence of our clients to remain in their homes.
Our clients are all ages. They are the frail elderly, or people recovering from surgery or illness. They are people with chronic disabling conditions, like multiple sclerosis, and those who wish to die in their own homes.
I love my job as a Home Care worker. I have tried my hand working in different health areas over the years, including health care facilities, hospitals, working as a Director of Operations for a private Home Care company, and even taking a course in Emergency Medical Services. But I found my calling as a community Home Care worker.
My day will come where I may need this service and I am so grateful that it exists. My mother always says, pay it forward and do unto others as you would like done to you. I live by these words. Who doesn't want to know that we notice them and value them? And doesn’t everyone respond better knowing they matter and their wishes are being heard?
Sometimes working in Home Care you are the only person that these people see regularly. You are not only their Home Care attendant; you become their friend, confidant, an extended family member; their lifeline to the outside world. There is no better feeling than taking those five minutes when you arrive to really listen to what they have to share. Sometimes, it may be holding their hand if they’re having a bad day or perhaps sharing a laugh on a good day. Seeing that smile as you walk in the door and knowing you are making a difference by helping this person in front of you, makes it all worth it.
Not too long ago, I bumped into a former clients’ family. They thanked me again and mentioned that we, as Home Care workers, made all the difference during the days their parent had left with us on this earth. The parent was able to stay in their home with the quality of life they deserved. They went on to say that their parents only wish was to remain in their family home as long as physically possible, and without our care, their parent would have ended up in a facility or hospital.
I know my mom is getting older and may need care one day. I know if I tried to take care of her on a full-time basis I would have to quit my job and the stress over where to find the income to look after her would be overwhelming. This is where we, as Home Care workers, become so important in the community. We supply families with peace of mind knowing that they have options.
In closing I would like to say... there really is no place like home.