Residential care from perspective of care aides

SOS Comox Valley will put on a second presentation of the research done by Pam Willis, Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Florence Filberg Centre

The SOS (Support Our Seniors) Comox Valley has been asked to put on a second presentation of the research done by Pam Willis on what residential care looks like from the perspective of front line care aides.

The initial presentation was on Monday, Sept. 9 in the Rotary Room at the Florence Filberg Centre.

The second presentation is on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Seniors’ Lounge of the Florence Filberg Centre. This will allow people who work in the day to hear the results of the research. A total of 52 care aides from Glacier View, the Views, Cumberland Lodge and Comox Seniors Village participated in the research.

The researcher found that the care aides care deeply about the people they provide care for but they experience marginalization as lower level workers within their facilities and they universally talk about the challenges of providing quality care within facilities that are chronically short of front line workers.

SOS wants to work with the workers and management in the future to get the government to raise the staffing rates in line with the Ombudsperson’s recommendations.

Refreshments and discussion will follow both meetings. For more information, call Jennifer at 250-334-2321 or Gwyn at 250-338-6265.

— Support Our Seniors

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