To all the PSWs, I (we) appreciate you
Thank you for making my Grandma’s final days bearable and comfortable when she would otherwise have been all alone. You held her hand and stroked her hair speaking gently to her while you had her on the phone with us.
I can never thank you enough for sharing this tender moment with us. You refused to bathe her in freezing cold water when your power went out and your supervisor said it was your duty to do so. You saved her from possibly developing pneumonia. You brought her a book or a cup of tea just because you thought she could enjoy a relaxing moment when she was feeling anxious. You read to her when she couldn’t sleep but her eyes were too tired to focus. You took your time helping her eat ensuring she was chewing and swallowing properly even though you were being told to hurry up. You always made sure she was dressed properly and groomed so she felt pretty. You were unwaivering in your support for your patients, and our Grandma. You ended up losing your job because you took too long, and went against the grain, but the love and thanks we have for you can never be equaled with what you have monetarily lost. My heart breaks for you and your coworkers.
Your hearts are in the right place and you have so much compassion but our system has failed you as well. You are truly angels on earth and you deserve better treatment and you need to be recognized for the true work that you do. You have the mechanical side where you do your job, but you bring your soul to it as well and give 110% even if you are feeling a little broken and betrayed by your very employer. If anyone out there has family in long term care, please start speaking up.
Our psw’s need more time per patient and they need the timer to be thrown away. Our family members are only neglected because of the policies put in place not because of the psw’s who care so very much fog them. Help your family members by helping our psw’s. They need us now more than ever, and I am forever grateful for your service.