Pandemic shows us why people work in OMNI homes

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of our lives in some way. Many Canadians are now working from home. We’re self-isolating. We’re practising social distancing. We are taking precautions on a scale that most of us have not seen in our lifetime.

But in addition to their social obligations, people working in OMNI Health Care long-term care homes have the added responsibility of keeping the residents they serve safe during this challenging time.

The managers and front-line staff working in our homes are making sacrifices for the residents they serve every single day.

There are stories of staff self-isolating from their own family – including children and grandchildren – in order to mitigate the potential of infection.

There are also stories of staff members separating themselves from their families and temporarily living with co-workers to help flatten the infection curve.

Our team members work with a vulnerable population of people in a sector that already faces staffing challenges. Some front-line staff members and managers are working double shifts and coming to work on their days off when asked.

OMNI team members are doing this without hesitation because, for them, their work is more than just doing a job, it’s answering a calling and a commitment to the residents they care for.

It has always been this way, but recent events have made the picture even clearer.

The operative word describing those working in our homes is “selfless”.

Residents of long-term care homes are experiencing the same fears and anxieties as everyone else at this time, magnified by their vulnerability to the effects of this virus, and by isolation from family and friends while visiting is suspended.  This makes the jobs our staff members do even more important.

These are, indeed, challenging times, but the good news is we are all in this together, and together we will continue to provide hope, purpose and belonging to the people living in our 18 homes.

Enough thanks cannot be afforded to our people for their sacrifices, hard work and, most of all, their dedication to the residents they serve.

They are all, truly, everyday heroes.