Monday, 10 June 2013

Home care worker speaks out against cuts - Monday 12 noon

Kokila Ram:

I have worked as a Health Care Aide with Creekside Support Services for the last six years. Providing personal care to people on a daily basis is, of necessity, a very intimate relationship. Our clients/members allow us into their homes every day; we become part of one another’s lives. In this way, the clients and staff of Creekside have bonded together as a family. I have never seen our members as stressed as they are now, after hearing from AHS that their freedom is being taken away. I ask this question to those in government who made this decision: If, God forbid, something happens to one of our members because of all the stress that they are now under, WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR LIFE?

There have been no consultation or any kind of discussions. Instead, this change is just being forced on people who need assistance with personal care. People who are in authority and have good and healthy lives cannot even imagine what it’s like to sit in a wheelchair all day and not be able to move without help. People with disabilities need and deserve to have people they trust to assist them with personal care. The proposed changes will bring fear and threat to the lives of our Members, who are being pushed into this against their will.

When I came to Canada, I thought it was a free country. Now, I’m not so sure.


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