Every day I wonder, “How many people can I help today? How many people can I share my knowledge with? How many people can I help to feel a sigh of relief? How can I enrich another person’s life? What will I learn today?” It’s the answers to these questions that inspire me to come to work every day.
I love working in health care because it gives me the opportunity to help others. Every job I’ve had since finishing university has been in health care. I discovered my passion early on. From the beginning, I knew it was where I wanted to be because it gave me the chance to assist others and make a difference.
My job involves helping people move into long term care homes through the management of the wait lists and bed vacancies. Hospitals are under constant pressure to discharge patients to make room for other patients. I know that when I give a bed offer to a patient who is in the hospital, I’m helping to relieve that pressure. It’s also a great relief to the caregivers who are taking care of their loved ones at home. It also frees up home care services for others who are in the community.
I’ll never forget the experience I had when I reunited 99 year-old twin sisters in the same long term care home. It was the daughter of one of the women who was trying to arrange it all. She explained that the stress she felt trying to get everything settled was worse than when her husband died. She worried that if the sisters stayed separated for more than a couple of months, they would both die.
The sisters had lived in the same apartment building and had spent the majority of their days together. When one twin ended up in the hospital, the other twin followed shortly after. As soon as they were put in the same room, both twins improved. It took some time, but it was wonderful to be able to reunite them so they could be together in long term care. I think they are still together to this day.
I learn so much in my job each day. I’m also challenged to always find new ways to communicate with patients. I’ve also had so many uplifting moments. It’s always wonderful to reunite couples – like the husband and wife I managed to reunite on Valentine’s Day. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment when a family calls specifically to say thank you and to tell me they really appreciate all that I’ve done for them.
I can see what a difference we make for our patients and their families, as well as the entire community.