October 18 is Health Care Assistant Day

Let's honour HEU's care aides and community health workers.

Every day, these dedicated health care staff work miracles to provide quality care to the frail elderly and others who require assistance with their personal care needs.

These front line care staff assist residents, patients and clients with their most intimate care needs including toileting, bathing, dressing, eating and more.

For many, they are also like family, providing the social interaction and personal contact that is so fundamental to helping the elderly maintain their quality of life.

Unfortunately, care aides and community health workers often struggle under impossible workloads to deliver safe, compassionate care in homes, long-term care facilities and hospitals.

On October 18 and every day, HEU's care aides and community health workers are making a difference in people's lives.

  • Read HEU secretary-business manager Jennifer Whiteside's op-ed pn the challenges facing care aides and community health workers. It's online at The Province.
  • Did you know 83 per cent of care aides and community health care workers surveyed in 2014 have experienced violence on the job? Check out the full survey here.
  • When it comes to providing quality, person-centred care, are care aides caught between the vision of how to make it happen and the challenges of the workplace? Read more
  • Print out a Health Care Assistant Day poster for your workplace