Front-Line staff in Nursing homes and hospitals across Canada are experiencing a crisis; one that is being ignored by Health Regions and government officials alike, and it is our most vulnerable in society who are suffering because of it.
They occupy the front lines of Canada’s crowded nursing homes, providing the bulk of care to increasingly challenging, dementia-suffering residents.
But the workers known as health-care aides have limited training, no regulation, “worrisome” levels of burnout and, in cities, are as likely as not to speak English as a second language, a new study suggests.
The study’s authors call for urgent action to optimize the crucial workforce of an estimated quarter-million, described as dedicated and hard working. They recommend funding for more on-the-job education and examining the dynamics of multi-ethnic employees serving clients of largely Western European background.
“Care aides, who are looking after your mother or your father who’s in a very frail, difficult state, aren’t required to have any ongoing upgrading,” said Carole Estabrooks, a University of Alberta nursing professor and the study’s lead author. “And we’ve got pretty good evidence that regular, in-service training helps them provide…
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