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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald Fourth section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, November 6, 1974 Pages 33-40 Duties geared to the needs of families Homemaker service requires additional funding By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor The Lethbridge Homemaker Service could better serve community needs if its budget were expanded to hire several ad- ditional workers, says that agency's super- visor. Hilda McClenaghan says the service would function at its optimum level if four more homemaker workers were at its dis- posal. The Homemaker Service es- tablished in Lethbridge in 1967 as an agency of the Lethbridge Family Service Bureau which, a year ago, changed its name to the Centre for Personal and Com- munity Development. In its present format, the Homemaker Service consists of four full time homemakers under the supervision of Mrs. McClenaghan, who is responsible to CPCD director Tony Tobin. Mr. Tobin says he hopes the homemaker service will receive additional funding to hire more workers in 1975, "in order to make the number of workers more representative of the city's size." Serving an average of 14 homes monthly, the Homemaker Service provides housekeeping and child care ser- vices to families where the parent or guar- dians must be absent from the home or are incapacitated. However, as you might imagine, any service that involves working with a fami- ly for a period ranging from several days to as many as one or two months, is ac- customed to dealing with complicated situations. "In the majority of cases, the homemaker service provides a substitute explains Mrs. McClenaghan. "We do more child care than geriatric care. A homemaker's working day and duties are geared to the needs of the fami- ly she's helping." In what instances is a family eligible for assistance from homemakers? If there are several young children in the family and the mother is ill or recovering from sur- gery and unable to meet family and household needs; if there is a single parent supporting the family and a crisis arises requiring in home child care which can- not be met by a regular sitter; if an elderly person is ill and cannot maintain the household or is bed ridden and unable to serve meals, a homemaker can be assign- ed to the home. "It's difficult to describe exactly what the homemaker service adds Mrs. McClenaghan, "since in each household the situation may be different. We treat each case according to individual needs." There are instances such as when parents cannot find a babysitter, or wish to take a week's vacation without the a family obviously does not qualify for the homemaker. If a family is referred or contacts the homemaker of- fice for help, Mrs. McClenaghan im- mediately visits the home to ascertain if the family is eligible and what needs they have. Fees are geared to a graduated scale on the basis of income. "We prefer a week's notice if families know they will be needing a homemaker, but can cope with emergencies where peo- ple needed the service an hour before they called says the supervisor. "Most of our clients come through word of mouth referrals from other families who've been happy with the service. But we also have clients referred to us by doc- tors, social workers and neighbors." The Homemaker Service operates on a gross budget of of which is raised through the United Fund, conies from fee income and is allocated through Preventive Social Ser- vices. Mrs. Torrie Arthur has been a worker with the Homemaker Service since its inception and says a homemaker must be able to walk into a strange home and take over the cleaning, cooking and child care. "I just do whatever needs to be she says. "But I make sure I'm doing things the way the mother would, just so the household runs smoothly." Two and one half months is the longest period of time she's spent with one family. "It really doesn't take the children very long to get accustomed to says Mrs. Arthur, a warm, responsive woman. "But after a few weeks, you get very attached to them and leaving can be hard on everyone." v "A sense of is one of the characteristics vital to a homemaker says Mrs. McClenaghan. "Usually, a mature woman who's raised her own family makes the best homemaker. Education isn't important but a genuine concern for and interest in people is essential." For more information about the Homemaker Service, call 327-5724. HILDA MCCLENAGHAN, LEFT, AND TORRIE ARTHUR LOOK OVER A CLI ENT'S FILE -Jhe Herald Family Sexual problems based on fear of inadequacy CALGARY (CP) While most sexual problems used to come from guilt, today they come from the fear of being inade- quate, says Dr. Sol Gordon, professor of child and family studies at Syracuse University. In a wide ranging talk on sex at University of Calgary this week he said men as well as women have faked orgasms for centuries. "People who boast are usually liars." "Everyone's in search of the ultimate orgasm. Then they're in search of the ultimate multiple one. Now they're in search of the ultimate, multiple simultaneous one. It's all a myth that somebody made up." Can sex be just for fun? The audience asked. "Sex is caring for another, it's intimacy, it's he said. Sex that isn't tied in with love usually becomes exploitive of the other person or just another way of trying to prove oneself. "I do believe that young people should not have intercourse. An early experience tends to be dreadful." Dr. Gordon praised the women's liberation movement for speaking out against sexual exploitation. He advocates a common sense, loving approach to sex. "Much of the work in the field of human sexuality is based on a series of false assumptions carefully documented by research. He advised parents to be "askable" answer children's questions as honestly as possible. Don't get upset about obsenity, or a child's exploration of his or her own body. GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Mr. and Mrs. R.I. Baker of Coaldale will be receiv- ing friends in honor of their Golden Wedding Anniver- sary, Sunday, November 10. The reception will be held in the John Davidson School, 19th Street, Coaldale, from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be a short program at 4 p.m. No gifts, please. Women breach male bastion BRIDAL BOUTIQUE BRIDAL BRIDAL BOUTIQUE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE BRIDAL SANTIAGO (Reuter) Chilean women have breached a traditionally all-male bas- tion in Latin America, with the help of the military junta that now runs the country. Seventy-eight of them arriv- ed at the Guayacan barracks in the foothills of the Andes in October to join the Chilean ar- my. In a force that has been a male preserve for 164 years, they paraded at dawn in the cold barrack square in new regulation blouses and suits and small kepis. The volunteers, aged between 18 and 26, have promised not to marry for at least four years. Officially, the new auxiliary women's army service has been founded by Chile's military rulers to "incor- porate Chilean women into the ranks of the army for the good of the fatherland." Although they will not be specifically trained for com- bat, the women will learn how to manage light weapons and be taught self-defence. They will train for the new post of or instructors, for future female soldiers who will be conscripted throughout Chile starting next year. During their first four months the "monitors" will be drilled in military dis- cipline and professional con- duct. There will also be courses in military logistics, security, national defence, clerical and personnel work. Each "monitor" will hold the rank of officer or non- commissioned officer as the service develops and they will be able to rise to the rank of colonel. The 78 women soldiers were chosen from 500 applicants. Military officials said the women's service will even- tually assume responsibility for many auxiliary tasks that have hitherto been performed by men. A long-term aim of the new corps is to create a military unit concentrating on social work, they said. the new Iniil. in furs Come see our fabulous collection of Mink, Beaver, Persian Lamb, Raccoon, Muskrat and other furs imaginatively styled and crafted for many, years of pleasure and comfort.... COLLECTIVELY PRICED S475 .o S3950 For your convenience, use Canadian Furriers tayaway or budget plan. 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