It’s essential to point out that personal support workers (PSWs) are essential members of healthcare teams who offer hands-on support and personal care to vulnerable populations like seniors, people with disabilities, and others who need assistance with everyday activities. PSWs have been essential on the front lines of healthcare throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, providing care for those infected and helping their families. PSWs have been working relentlessly to stop the spread of COVID-19 and treat those who have been exposed to the virus, among other healthcare professionals. They have also been in charge of carrying out COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and public awareness about the value of maintaining a social distance, following good hygiene standards, and taking preventative measures to stop the virus from spreading.
Here are some vital roles that health professionals, especially PSWs, played throughout the pandemic:
Direct Patient Care:
PSWs have been providing vital hands-on care to patients, notably those in long-term care facilities, hospitals, and residential settings. They help with daily activities like bathing, dressing, feeding, and movement. PSWs ensure the convenience and well-being of patients, particularly those infected with COVID-19.
Infection Control Measures:
To avoid the transmission of COVID-19, health workers, including PSWs, have been instructed on infection prevention techniques and recommendations. They are responsible for developing and maintaining proper hygiene procedures, such as hand washing, wearing personal protection equipment (PPE), and sanitizing surfaces to reduce the risk of transmission.
COVID-19 Testing and Screening:
Health workers have been active in COVID-19 testing and screening, both within hospitals and in neighborhoods. They played a critical role in identifying patients who were at risk, performing testing procedures, and advising on suitable self-isolation measures.
Collaboration with the Healthcare Team:
PSWs have worked with other members of the healthcare team, such as nurses, doctors, and occupational therapists, to provide comprehensive treatment for their clients. They engaged in care planning, exchanged observations and worries, and followed healthcare protocols to offer coordinated and effective treatment.
Emotional Support and Wellness:
Health workers have been offering emotional support to pandemic patients, families, and coworkers. During these tough times, they show empathy, compassion, and reassurance. Furthermore, healthcare organizations have prioritized their employees’ mental health and well-being by providing tools and support services.
Adapting to Changing Needs:
The pandemic has resulted in innovations in care delivery, including the utilization of telehealth and virtual visits. PSWs have reacted to these changes by aiding clients with virtual appointments, facilitating communication between clients and healthcare professionals, and assisting clients in navigating technology to get care remotely.
Overall, health workers, especially PSWs, have been at the vanguard of the COVID-19 response in Canada. Their passion, professionalism, and commitment to providing patient care have been critical in ensuring the health and well-being of those affected by the pandemic.