Personal Support Worker Program

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The Personal Support Worker program is designed to train individuals to give consumers/clients and their families the care and assistance needed to live healthy and fulfilling lives in the community and institutions. The students in this program develop a broad range of abilities which emphasize the value of their role and reflect true sensitivity and respect for the individuality of each consumer/client. Some of the personal support workers' activities include providing their clients with personal care and hygiene, household and family management, meal preparation, assisting clients with their medications and restorative activities.


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Thompson Career College of Health and Business

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Program Duration

28 Weeks


OSAP, Second Career, WSIB

Program Outline PSW Foundations: Introduces one to an individuals?, rights, interests, need?s, and attitudes. Safety and Mobility: Introduces various ways the PSW can aid in a manner that is effective, safe, and provides for client comfort. Body systems: Introduces the individual to the basics of anatomy and physiology. Assisting with Personal Hygiene: Introduces the student to the knowledge, skills, and sensitivity needed to provide appropriate assistance to a variety of people, many of whom have disabilities that affect their ability to look after their personal self.
Abuse and Neglect: Introduces the PSW to possible family violence and abuse, including its possible signs, as well as appropriate actions to be taken if abuse is suspected, including legal requirements.
Household Management, Nutrition and Hydration: Assists the consumer/client with their nutritional needs, household activities, and household management according to client preferences, comfort, and safety within employer guidelines as required.
Care Planning, Restorative Care, Electronic Documentation, and Working in the Community: To build upon the ability to provide sufficient support to assist clients to do what they wish without inhibiting them. The PSWs will identify the appropriate support to be provided to the client, as well as the significance and need for the support.
Assisting the Family / Growth and Development: To build upon the foundation for individuals and understand family characteristics in terms of structure, functions, roles, lifestyles, and relationship. It also explores the role of the PSW in providing respite and assistance to families and their children, including those with special needs.
Assisting the Dying Person: Brings in the discussion to students of the concept of dying as a part of life and the possible impact of life-threatening illness on the person and their family.
Assisting with Medications: Provides the individual to the knowledge of drugs used in the treatment of common diseases and disorders, including drug classification, use, therapeutic effects, side/adverse effects, brand/generic names, dosage forms, routes of administration, and directions for the use of these medications.
Cognitive and Mental Health Issues, and Brain Injuries: Enables the PSW to use approaches and techniques to assist clients with these changes or conditions in keeping with the care/support plan and report observations to the appropriate team member.
Health Conditions: Makes the PSW to understand the effects of disability, disease, or condition on functioning in order to provide appropriate assistance.
Professional Skills: Prepares the students with every aspect of their transition into their new career by identifying and teaching essential business and interpersonal skills. Students receive in-class lectures, as well as a private one-on-one appointment with a Career Services specialist to perfect their resume package and interviewing skills.
Practicum: Provides the students with an opportunity to practice their skills in a week setting. The students would work in both a long term care facility and a retirement home.
Students complete field placements of 310 hours as a part of the program.

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