RICHMOND HILL, ON, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ - This morning Ontario's Health Minister Deb Matthews joined Juliette Chestney, a Personal Support Worker (PSW) from Milton, to "Walk-A-Day" in her shoes to better understand the important role that PSWs play in Ontario's healthcare system and learn about the challenges faced everyday by frontline healthcare staff.
The event was organized by SEIU Healthcare, Canada's largest healthcare union, in conjunction with Red Cross Care Partners and the Mississauga Halton Community Care Access Centre. Juliette Chestney is a member of SEIU Healthcare and an RCCP employee who works in the Mississauga Halton CCAC.
The day began with Minister Matthews joining Ms. Chestney at her home for breakfast and a talk about the coming day. Both then proceeded to visit two of Ms. Chestney's clients, where the Minister was able to observe the type of care that PSWs provide every day. This care included helping a person get out of bed, bathe and dress, brush and floss their teeth, and perform a range of motion exercises. In the process, the Minister was able to witness the strong and trusting bond that people in need of care form with their PSW.
"We are very pleased that the Minister was able to spend some time with one of our PSWs and have an opportunity to see first-hand the critical role that PSWs play in the lives of people needing assistance"
~ Sharleen Stewart, President, SEIU Healthcare