Chapter 2: Work and home

Time to process

I’m lucky it takes me an hour to drive home. It gives me time to decompress before I go in. - Canadian paramedic


A paramedic may need space to process the events of their day and probably won’t open up as soon as they arrive home. It takes time to make sense of what they’ve witnessed and to put words to the experience. Some paramedics rely on a habit, routine, or ritual to help them decompress.

I always need a bit of time to decompress before I go home. I usually drive around after work for 10 minutes just to clear my head.- Canadian paramedic

Welcome them home and offer a cup of coffee, a shoulder rub, or some time out before launching into questions or reports about the day.