When a World War II vet was looking for a live-in caregiver, Chris Murphy took the job—that's just the type of person he is. It wasn't long before Chris realized that Continuing Care was something he really enjoyed, and could pursue as a life-long career, especially with support from RJF Healthcare—one of the province's biggest healthcare staffing providers. Today, as a Continuing Care Assistant, Chris gets up at 6am and puts in long hours to lend a helping hand and make a difference in the health and well-being of his home care clients. Compassion is the heart of person-centered care in Nova Scotia.
"With home care work, you love it as soon as you get involved. There's compassion there, and when you see that smile from your client at the end of the day, that's what matters the most," says Chris. He treats clients like family, because that's how he'd want to be treated.
Chris spent nine years working night shifts with young adults who were dealing with drug addiction and mental illness. They laughed and joked around, and Chris built a rapport. He understood they just wanted to be treated like they were outside of the facility.
Chris has worked in healthcare for 16 years, and is currently in his fourth year as a Continuing Care Assistant. "You get to spend quality time with each client and become close to them, like their family. It's a great feeling," says Chris.
"In this field, you've got to love what you do and just go for it," he adds.