Maplewood PSW goes above, beyond call of duty

Employee supports resident during emotional time

A recent Remembrance Day ceremony moved a Maplewood resident to tears.

The woman got choked up watching the Nov. 11 ceremony on TV at the Brighton long-term care home. She began crying.

Personal support worker (PSW) Cara Brant immediately reached out to comfort the resident. And, what she did next, earned her the admiration of one of her peers and a nomination for a Maplewood Hero award.

Cara will receive a $10 gift card.

The compassion she showed towards the woman was commendable, says life enrichment aide (LEA) Rosanne Blackburn who put forward Cara’s name.

“She probably sat with her for 10-15 minutes, hugging her and holding her hand, talking with her and consoling her while she was crying,” Rosanne says.

“We had a couple of emotional residents here.”

The home typically has the involvement of the local Legion branch each November and a chaplain to lead the Remembrance Day ceremony.

With that not being possible this year, Maplewood chose to tune into the ceremony on TV, which proved to be a suitable alternative for residents.

“I think they really responded to it,” Rosanne says.

“It really touched their hearts.”

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