Be Care Aware
What is Be Care Aware?
Continuing care staff work in long term care and home care and support. They are passionate and hard working, yet their work can be challenging and stressful. They also have some of the highest injury rates of all workers in BC. That’s why continuing care staff need to take care of themselves, so they are able to take care of others.
We asked care providers to tell us how they take care of themselves. And they did. Below is an image that shows the most common words shared. The larger the word, the more often it was repeated.
Every submission was eligible win one of three prizes. In addition, one organization was eligible to win a free in-service for staff:
- Fitbit – Glen Ang, Resident Services Manager, Suncrest Retirement Community
- Spa package – Connie Tull, Care Aide, Royal City Manor
- Family movie night package – Kara Zheng, Home Care Worker, Home Instead
- In-service Training – Cartier House (Coquitlam)
What can you do?
Check out our mental health resources videos, which highlight why care givers need to consider their mental health and take care of themselves. Share these videos at team meetings or before training sessions.
What can leaders do?
- High stress levels are associated with increased health care and disability costs, absenteeism, turnover, and reduced productivity.
- Workplaces that have positive work environments have better organizational performance, in terms of health and safety, and outcomes for residents and clients.
- Healthy organizational cultures nurture employee well-being, engagement and performance.
Continuing care workers experience violence frequently in the course of their work. Hear about the impact of workplace violence, and the need for caregivers to take care of themselves mentally, so they can take care of others.