There are many amazing jobs out there for everyone, but how do you know it’s really for you?
Simple: you will want to choose it and it will change your life. For a lot of people, becoming a PSW has done that for them. There are so many rewarding aspects that come from taking on this role as a career and it’s clear that the people who do are greatly appreciated. Like every career, especially when someone’s care is in your hands, can also be challenging, but nonetheless, a truly rewarding experience.
So what does it really take to be a personal support worker?
You have to be willing to work hard.
You have to be okay with stepping out of your comfort zone.
You have to separate your personal feelings from your work.
You need to have a whole lot of patience.
You have to trust yourself.
You need to have respect.
You need to really and truly care.
If you naturally have all these qualities, then awesome and maybe you want to consider choosing a career as a PSW, but if you do not, that’s totally okay too because all of these qualities are attainable!
As a PSW, you take care of people who physically cannot take care of themselves. This may be done at a retirement home, privately out of home, in a hospice care, long-term care facility, etc. If you haven’t realized by now, being a PSW is no easy job and it might not be for everyone. There is a lot of expectations strict guidelines and it is a big responsibility. However, as scary as it sounds there are some pretty amazing things that also come with being a PSW. You get to build relationships with the people you take care of, commonly senior citizens, as well as their families. When you think about it, the people that you take care of are also people who are loved.
You basically wake up knowing that you get to make a difference in someone’s life. More than often, the people you help and their families will be forever grateful for you. There are good days and bad days, good times and bad times, through it all if there is one thing you should remember it’s that you are the reason why someone is getting the care they need, because if you didn’t, who else would?