My 6 minutes challenge. (Disclaimer: I rushed)
Wake up ✔ Used toilet ❌
Shower ✔ Dressed ✔
Teeth brushed ❌ Hair brushed ❌
Deodorant ❌ Makeup ❌
If you can't get ready in 6 minutes, how do you expect the elderly to do it in LTC homes?
They get 6 minutes of time with a PSW to get up, dressed, showered if they're lucky, teeth and hygiene, dentures/hearing aids/glasses, help into a wheelchair or other devices.
What significance does 6 minutes have to you in your day to day life? I’m willing to guess not much. But for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) working in long term care facilities in Ontario, 6 minutes is the average amount of time they have to get residents ready for the day.
This is me 6 minutes after getting out of bed, rushing to get ready. In 6 minutes, I had time to walk down the hall and upstairs to the bathroom, pee, wash my face, inadequately brush my teeth, walk back to my room, grab the easiest clothes I could find, and take off my shirt. In just 6 minutes, I didn’t have time brush my hair, put moisturizer on my dry face, apply any make up, pick out a half decent outfit, get undressed and redressed, and find my glasses. Not to mention I left a path of destruction attempting to get ready this quick, and my bed isn’t made.
If a young, healthy, able-bodied woman such as myself can’t get ready in 6 minutes, how on earth are PSWs expected to get older adults with mobility difficulties and assistive devices, incontinence products, dentures, hearing aids, and so much more, ready for their day in just 6 minutes while still making them feel human? Not to mention in that time PSWs are also expected to clean up after themselves, tidy up their resident’s rooms, and make their beds which can sometimes mean and entire sheet change. On top of that they have residents waiting to be fed by them. Sounds impossible right?
Well, it is. This is the ugly truth. And while Bill 33 (mandated minimum 4 hours of direct hands on care from a PSW for each resident in long term care) sounds like a great solution, the Ontario Long Term Care Association requires the funding to make this possible. It is my sincere hope that the government sees the reality that PSWs face every shift, and that residents in long term care face every single day, and they do something about it.
Shoutout to the amazing PSWs that have such a hard job and want to do so much more for their residents. They deserve the utmost support and respect, and the opportunity to provide such significant care without an impossible timeframe! #6minchallenge#6minutechallenge#impossible#theuglytruth