Patrick Waters, referred to as Pat by all who know him, is a social worker at Providence Care known for his dry wit, dependability and wealth of knowledge. He works as a member of the Community High Intensity Treatment Team – Regional Specialty Mental Health (CHITT-RSMH) program that works throughout the Napanee region with clients in their homes.
Providence Care’s Community Services are often referred to as “hospitals without walls” and Pat says he has developed many close relationships with the clients in his care as he supports them through various daily tasks of living.
“Our team works with a population of clients who suffer with severe and persistent mental illness. My day-to-day duties can vary quite a bit, but on a typical day I can be found delivering and observing clients take their medications, assisting clients attend medical appointments, and helping develop treatment and recovery plans. I work alongside a team of nurses and occupational therapists to implement these plans within a client centered recovery-oriented framework.”
Pat is celebrating his 10-year work anniversary with Providence Care and throughout those 10 years has had the opportunity to work with various mental health-oriented teams both in the community and at Providence Care Hospital.
“Providence Care has been a great place to work over the past 10 years. I have met a lot of great people and have had the opportunity to move around the organization and work for different programs. The organization has been very supportive over the years which has allowed me grow as a social worker and make meaningful contributions to the lives of my clients.”
Caitlin Carter is the Program Manager of the CHIT team and says that Pat never fails to advocate for his clients, often jumping into action to help them take advantage of additional resources and programs that will support them in their recovery journey.
“The CHIT team highly values Pat and the strengths and skills he brings to the work that we do. His approachable nature and kindness are evident on a daily basis. Pat is a strong team member who consistently volunteers for tasks that are both client related and supportive to the CHIT team. His teammates would attest that he is reliable and always willing to be flexible in order to support the needs of the team and the persons we support,” explains Caitlin.
And when Pat heads home after a long day supporting others, he is greeted by a daily reminder of the positive impact he’s having on the lives of others.
“A few years ago, I supported a client with finding homes for a litter of kittens. She was unable to provide a good home for all of them, so I was able to retrieve them and take them home with me. I ended up keeping one of them and finding homes for the rest. My cat Blake is a daily reminder of that time.”
Blake isn’t the only thing keeping Pat busy at home. When not at work during the summer months he’s busy in the vegetable garden, exploring the countryside on his motorcycle and taking care of his chickens year-round. Caitlin says the entire team benefits from the fresh eggs from Pat’s flock.
“I’m looking forward to the years ahead with Providence Care and am excited to see what opportunities present themselves,” says Pat.
Congratulations on your years of service milestone Patrick and thank you for your continued dedication to the people in our care.
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