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Health committee  Thank you.

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Miranda Ferrier

Health committee  I have lots of ideas. I actually worked in a lockdown unit in a long-term care facility—I'm specialized in mental health and dementia—and I had my nose broken by an 80-pound old lady, who threw me across the room. I was alone on an overnight shift, and I was one worker with 32 r

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Miranda Ferrier

Health committee  Absolutely. I think it would actually attract more people to the field.

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Miranda Ferrier

Health committee  Do you know what? We're the only association in all of Canada for support workers. We have guesstimates; that's the best we can do. In Ontario alone, we've guesstimated there are approximately 135,000 personal support workers with only 52,000 working now. If you look at the mass

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Miranda Ferrier

Health committee  I think that in a lot of cases there were complaints from clients that personal support workers or support workers were on their cellphones while they were doing their jobs. I guess employers were trying to do their due diligence by saying they couldn't have their cellphones on t

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Miranda Ferrier

Health committee  I was just going to say that in home care for PSWs currently, in different provinces they're not allowed to carry their cellphone with them on their person into the home. They say that if there's an issue, the support worker has to then use the client's phone in order to call in

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Miranda Ferrier

Health committee  Absolutely. We just started a campaign through the association in Ontario for a resident-to-personal support worker ratio. What we're seeing across the board is one for 15, one for 20, one for 35 to 40 in the overnights. It's a scary situation. We've heard a lot of talk throu

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Miranda Ferrier

Health committee  In the province of Ontario, what we hear from members—and also in our New Brunswick chapter and out in Alberta and British Columbia—is that the full-time work is what they really desire. They always start the sentence with “I get no respect. I have no recognition. Nobody listens

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Miranda Ferrier

Health committee  They are called something different in every province across Canada. A support worker is also called a health care aide, personal support worker, personal care attendant, personal care aide. The list goes on. We're called something different everywhere. We work in the front line

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Miranda Ferrier

Health committee  Thank you very much. My name is Miranda Ferrier. I am a personal support worker. I have worked in long-term care and home care settings in Ontario for many years as a front-line personal support worker. I'm also the founder and president of the Canadian Support Workers Associati

May 14th, 2019Committee meeting

Miranda Ferrier