Title: Home Care Provider Emotional Wellbeing: Experiences, Supports & Opportunities
The pandemic has had a substantial impact on the mental health and wellbeing of healthcare workers. Those who provide care in clients’ homes rather than institutions face a unique set of challenges including limited in-person access to colleagues and supervisors. This presentation will share findings from an ongoing series of studies exploring the pandemic-related mental health and wellbeing experiences of personal support workers, nurses and rehabilitation providers in homecare. It will also share findings regarding homecare providers’ preferred sources of work-related emotional support, a resource directory that has been tailored to the needs and preferences of these providers, and providers’ ideas for improving organizational support.
At the end of this seminar attendees will be able to:
Describe key factors that have influenced home care workers’ experience of the pandemic
Identify how preferred forms of emotional support for work-related challenges differ between PSWs, nurses and rehabilitation providers
Presenter: Dr. Emily King
Emily King, Ph.D., is the Manager of Research at VHA Home HealthCare and Assistant Professor (Status) in Occupational and Environmental Health at DLSPH. She is a home care researcher who collaborates closely with both CREOD and CRE-MSD to conduct research and identify practical solutions to improve the occupational health and safety of home care providers while creating conditions that support older adults to age in place as well and as independently as possible. Emily holds degrees in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from the Universities of Toronto and Waterloo.