October 23 - 29 is Healthcare Provider Week. This is a week to recognize and celebrate the hardworking members who come together as part of a cohesive team to provide quality and compassionate healthcare to the residents of Saskatchewan. 

We heard from Ambre, a Continuing Care Assistant in rural Saskatchewan. Ambre has spent nearly a decade caring for the residents in her community. Her days are filled with assisting residents with their activities of daily living, such as personal care, nutrition and mobility, and bathing. In her work as a CCA, she is often a companion for residents, taking into account their needs for community and connection.

Working as a CCA during the pandemic has been a challenge. Thankfully, Ambre and her co-workers did have appropriate PPE, however it was a struggle to feel safe at work as herself and her co-workers became ill. As a result, her team was often working short and unable to take time from work. While we appreciate Ambre's dedication to her residents, this highlights the need for increased staffing across healthcare in our province. 

The work of a CCA combines the important activities of daily living while caring for the residents on a personal level. Ambre recalls a memorable moment when she held the hand of a resident as they passed on, because the resident did not have any family members to be there with them. Not many of us are called to that level of care in our daily work, and we are thankful to all of the CCAs who not only care for the functional needs of residents, but for the emotional needs as well.

To Ambre, CCAs and all frontline healthcare workers, you are a vital part of keeping our communities safe and healthy. Thank you for the important work that you do.

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