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Ultimate Personal Support Worker Skills List: What PSWs Need to Succeed

Jan 17, 2019 12:28:13 PM

Updated May 2021.

Are you considering becoming a personal support worker (PSW)? What's drawing you to a career in this field?

Should You Take PSW Training? 4 Things to Consider Before You Enrol

Feb 18, 2018 1:48:18 PM

Inspired to begin a career in health care, and looking at your local training options?

Many students are attracted to personal support worker (PSW) training because of the direct focus on patient care, flexible work schedules, and high levels of demand across Canada for PSWs.

Students also like this program because it's quite short (usually less than 10 months), and is an excellent entry point for other health care careers, such a nursing.

PSW Training in Nutrition Management: Meal-Planning Tips for Seniors

Feb 6, 2018 11:09:23 AM

There are so many factors that can influence our relationship with food as we age. For example, while caring for seniors after PSW training, you will meet patients who have lost their sense of smell and taste, making meal time far less appealing.

6 Alzheimer's Myths for Students in PSW Training: Get Your Facts Straight!

Jan 10, 2018 10:59:55 AM

The vast majority of personal support workers (PSWs) in Ontario work with seniors. In fact, it's our rapidly aging population that is driving such a strong demand for PSWs across the province. 

The Canada Job Bank predicts excellent employment opportunities in long-term healthcare, particularly at home-care companies and nursing home facilities.

Personal support workers play (and will continue to play) and absolutely vital role in helping Canadian seniors maintain independence and quality of life as they age.

5 Steps for Personal Support Workers Dealing with Difficult Patients

Nov 13, 2017 1:50:42 PM

Updated May 2021.

Personal support workers play a central role in the lives of their clients. They provide the assistance patients need to maintain independence, cope with debilitating medical conditions, and achieve the highest possible quality of life.

PSWs help with important everyday tasks, like administering medication, providing assistance with grooming, planning and preparing healthy meals, coordinating social activities, monitoring changes in condition, and supervising prescribed therapeutic exercises.

The PSW-patient relationship is, by definition, close and personal. And as with all close relationships, conflicts can arise.

How should PSWs deal with patients who push them away or resist help? How can you maintain professionalism and serve your client's best interests, when faced with disruptive and upsetting behavior? 

Start with these 5 steps. These are the approaches front-line health care providers often use when dealing with difficult patients.

PSW Career Support: Coping With the Death of a Client

Sep 25, 2017 11:24:55 AM

Death and dying are everyday realities for personal support workers. Many PSWs care for seniors in their homes, or in long-term care facilities, where an estimated 20% of residents pass away each year.  

PSWs often provide end-of-life care, where they specialize in helping clients (and their families) with life's final transition. But despite all of this direct experience, personal support workers still struggle with loss when a client dies.

Taking PSW Training? 4 Facts You Should Know About OPSWA

Aug 28, 2017 10:31:37 AM

Enrolled in PSW training and nearing the end of your diploma? It's likely you're looking ahead to your employment options after graduation, and for support systems to help get your career rolling.

If you live in Ontario, you've probably heard of the Ontario Personal Support Worker Association—OPSWA.  It's an organization new grads and experienced PSWs can join to get professional support, and push for greater recognition for PSWs across the province.

But what exactly does OPSWA do, how might you benefit from joining the network, and what does it take to get a membership?

5 Eye-Opening Facts on Elder Abuse for Students in PSW Training

Jun 7, 2017 8:55:06 AM

What is elder abuse? The World Health Organization (WHO) defines elder abuse as "a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, which causes harm or distress to an older person."

Elder abuse comes in many forms, including physical, psychological, financial, sexual, and even spiritual. Seniors may also experience abuse through neglect.

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