What if you woke up one day and couldn’t get dressed, couldn’t walk downstairs, couldn’t go to the bathroom by yourself and couldn’t make yourself a meal? And what if there was no one around to help you?
While you may be fortunate enough to have a happy, healthy life and have a happy, healthy family, many people in the province aren’t as lucky. People who are ageing, who suffer from illnesses such as multiple sclerosis or ALS, or even people who are post-stroke or have suffered accidents, can lose the ability to perform basic, day-to-day tasks. While some of these people may have family or friends to take care of them, often there is no one around to help with these essential activities or their families live far away or have to work.
British Columbian Health Care Assistants (HCAs) and Licenced Practical Nurses (LPNs) work extremely hard every day to help anyone and everyone who may need it, either at their own homes or in assisted living housing. While it may not be the most glamorous job, it is extremely essential. Many groups and organizations, led by the BC Care Providers Association, have recognized the skill and dedication it takes to be an HCA or LPN and have come together to launch the BC Cares: Thank You campaign.
The campaign is centered around their website, www.bccares.ca, on which people across the province can read messages of thanks from other people, including well-known BC personalities such as Nira Arora of The Beat 94.5 or former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan. Videos featuring the personalities and BC health care workers can be found on the website, and were launched following the recent Health Care Summit in Vancouver.
Do you have a grandma who is still able to live at home because of the assistance of a Care Aide? Is someone in your family able to live independently because of the daily care and dedication of an LPN? We are asking anyone who has been helped directly or indirectly by the compassion of care workers, to visit the website and let them know how much their work is appreciated.
Twitter users can also tweet their thank yous to @BC_Cares using #BCSaysThankYou to include their message in the campaign.
Let’s send health care workers in BC a message of gratitude – because one day we all will need their help, too.