This week, we celebrate Health Care Provider week. It’s an opportunity to think about the complex interdisciplinary group of workers who operate our healthcare system to ensure patients, clients, and residents get the care they need in a safe and timely way.
When you walk in the door of a hospital for treatment, a long-term care facility to visit a loved one, or receive care in your home, every worker you meet along the way is a health care provider.
Each health care provider has a hand in your care. Regardless of their job classification, without their dedication and expertise to their chosen careers, our healthcare system would not be able to meet the needs of the public.
- Hospitals need to be clean, safe, and operational. The equipment keeping people alive and monitoring vital signs must work on a constant basis. Specimens are collected and analyzed, and medical images taken so accurate diagnoses are made. Operating rooms need sterile equipment, scheduling, and a vigilant observation on procedures. The people to transport you to a procedure and healthy food options to aid in recovery need to be available. The physical infrastructures need to be maintained and improved.
- In long-term care, residents need to feel safe at home in a clean and supportive environment. The activities and personal care ensure there is a surrogate family when their own can’t be there.
- For home care and community care, people need the quality care to ensure that they can recover and live independently in their own homes and communities.
Underpinning it all, in every setting, compassionate and professional hands-on care from the nursing team, is fundamental. When you need help, the reassurance of skilled, professional care for activities you just can’t do on your own is something all residents of Saskatchewan deserve.
Healthcare workers go above and beyond every day. That’s providing health care and that is what our members do for you and your families in your communities.