Communication Skills – Essential to the Success of Health Care Assistants
The students in Drake Medox College’s English Preparatory Program recently discussed the above topic in a recent class.
According to students preparing for entry or already enrolled in the HCA Program, there is unanimous agreement that good communication skills are crucial to the work of a Health Care Assistant.
Three major areas discussed include:
Are you looking for a job but don’t have the experience you need……and can’t get the experience you need because you can’t get a job?
Do you need to learn more skills or make some new contacts so you can find work in the field you desire?
Are you thinking of making a change in your career, or are have recently immigrated to Canada, and unsure what you want to do?
If you answered yes to any of these, volunteering could be a good fit for you. When you volunteer, you share your skills and time with people and organizations in the community without expecting to be paid. Volunteering takes you right into the workplace, giving you a chance to build your experience, demonstrate your employability, learn new skills and feel better about yourself!
With the ongoing growth of Canada’s aging population, healthcare workers who provide support for the elderly are in high demand, and their role is extremely crucial. They must be compassionate and patient, and provide loving care to the clients they serve. It takes a certain type of person to be able to become a successful healthcare worker.Filipinos are known to excel at taking care of elderly people because of their compassion towards their seniors, and their passion for helping others. Many also arrive to Canada with formal training and/or experience as nurses and caregivers which makes a career as a certified Health Care Assistant a very natural fit.
Following is an excerpt of a testimonial from a Drake Medox College student Maria who emigrated from the Philippines with the drive to make a better life for her family, while still fulfilling her love of elderly care:
“Be the change you want to see in the world”
In my early twenties, I stumbled into the world of support work. It was a very different experience from my previous serving job where I would work into the early hours of the morning, with sore feet and a migraine, not looking forward to my next shift.
I found great joy in being a Community Support Worker. I worked with variety of clients: young children with behavioural disorders, young adults with special needs, seniors with Alzheimer’s, etc. I enjoyed the challenge of adapting to each client’s specific needs and daily routines and the range of experience it gave me.
I’ll never forget my favourite client; he was a young adult with Down syndrome. He was homeschooled at a grade 12 level and had unbelievable will power, discipline and a goal in mind: he wanted to attend post-secondary. All his life, he was bullied by his peers and told he could never achieve his goals.