Do you want to help people? Are you a naturally caring person? If you’re interested in a career in health care, there’s never been a better time to go for it. Free training is now available: trainees are paid, all course materials and tuition fees are provided free, and you can step into a well-paid job as a Health Care Assistant with good career prospects.
Many different jobs are covered by the term Health Care Assistant: Community Health Worker, Home Support Worker, Community Care Assistant, or Care Aide. They’re all dedicated frontline care providers serving patients and clients in different settings, such as acute care, long-term care, home and community settings.
You could be working in a group home or visiting patients in their homes. Your patients could be ill or recovering from an operation, or seniors needing some help to get through the day.
Or you could be visiting residents of Snug Cove House, a supportive seniors’ residence that the Snug Cove House Society is hoping to build soon on Miller Road. Bowen’s Snug Cove House Society has a mandate to find ways to help our seniors to stay on the island if they wish. This could also mean getting supportive services at home from Home Support Workers, something that the Caring Circle is interested in as well.
Of course, you could be working off-island -- your skills would be warmly welcomed anywhere. But Vancouver Coastal Health (and Snug Cove House Society and the Caring Circle) hope that you’ll decide, right away or one day, to use your caring skills in your own community. There’s a serious shortage of caregivers on the island now, and there’ll be an even greater need when Snug Cove House is built.
Please look for the ad on Page 9 in the June 2 copy of the Undercurrent and think it over. Your island needs you!