I’m working with her to live in the present and value what she has accomplished; in this case, three healthy kids, a roof over their heads and the ability to better manage her health.
Katherine, Casey House Community Registered Nurse
Funded by our donors, Casey House’s experienced registered nurses and social workers visit clients in the comfort of their own homes to provide treatment, support and care. The team also partners with other agencies to provide care and outreach support at several clinics and on board the Sherbourne Health Bus. These programs bring HIV/AIDS care to some of our city’s most marginalized people.
Today, women account for approximately one in five of the clients served by the Casey House team, which parallels city-wide statistics. In honour of International Women’s Day, we’re featuring a snapshot of a typical home nursing visit that Katherine, one of our registered nurses, made to a female client who is a widowed mother of three children.
Katherine pulls up to an apartment building, the home of a female client who is a mother of three healthy children. The children do not know of her HIV-status and so Katherine is always careful to arrive when it’s safe to talk.
The client learned of her HIV-positive status shortly after her husband was admitted to Casey House. Years later, she has built a relatively stable life for her family. Still, she is frequently beset by depression and recurrent respiratory infections, requiring nursing care.
“People often compare their lives with HIV to what they had before,” Katherine later comments on the challenges facing this client, whom she sees roughly every two weeks. “They’ll say ‘I used to be so energetic, organized, healthy…’ I’m working with her to live in the present and value what she has accomplished; in this case, three healthy kids, a roof over their heads and the ability to better manage her health. My work includes helping her to focus on what she has achieved in spite of everything.”