Celebrating OMNI’s personal support workers

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May 19 designated Personal Support Workers Day by Ontario government

Whether it’s someone like Karin Merpaw, who helped save the life of her coworker at Springdale Country Manor, or Marlene Dunn, who lifts the spirits of Village Green residents with her musical talents, the personal support workers (PSWs) working across OMNI Health Care’s long-term care homes deserve to be celebrated.

May 19 has been designated Personal Support Workers Day by the government of Ontario.

According to the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), an estimated 90,000 PSWs work in Ontario, with about 57,000 providing care in long-term care homes.

“The work duties of PSWs are as varied as the needs and health conditions of the clients/residents/patients they care for and the settings in which they provide that care,” a press release from the ONA states. “PSWs provide the majority of direct care to frail elderly residents in long-term care or clients receiving home care.

“They deserve our special gratitude in providing support work for some of our most vulnerable and frail persons.”

One way to celebrate PSWs is by sharing with the OMNIway a story about the contributions they make. It could be a small and simple contribution, done day after day. Or it could be something unique, such as how PSWs bring their special talents into the long-term care home to brighten up the lives of residents.

If you have a story you would like to share with The OMNIway, please contact the newsroom at 800-294-0051, ext. 23, or e-mail deron(at)axiomnews.com.

If you have feedback on this story, please call the newsroom at 800-294-0051 FREE, ext. 23, or e-mail deron(at)axiomnews.com.