What to Assume from your Personal Support Worker (or PSW)

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  • April 24, 2016
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Osilla Institute’s biggest difference is that we are Toronto’s only Personal Support Worker School which is focused only on one certificate program that only specializes in the PSW career, and that’s why we know all parts of the career so well as this has been our focus for 30 years.

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Personal Support Workers (PSWs) have a long list of standards they need to follow when it comes to caring for your loved one. Even if you may think that certain responsibilities are in their job description, it is not necessarily covered in their scope of training. Administering medication is the most common of these misperceived tasks, but PSWs weren’t taught this in their training. The Personal Support Workers of Ontario describe a PSWs job as supporting with activities of daily living (ADL). They state that they are “unique among health professions in that the scope of the PSWs duties does not extend beyond what the client could do him/herself, if the client were physically/cognitively able.” This includes personal care such as bathing, feeding, dressing, toileting, repositioning of the patient, light housekeeping and child care.

If you are considering for a PSW, keep in mind some of the following before employing a caregiver for your loved one:

Administering medications is not one of their focuses of study. If you need them to manage medications or suppositories, colonic irrigations, enemas or supervising exercise routines for your loved one the PSW has to feel confident in doing so. These are substitute acts a PSW can agree to if they feel comfortable and confident. Some delegated acts like these would be put into the contract to protect your family and the PSW if any situation may arise.

Meal planning and preparation, shopping, providing transportation and recreational assistance would fall under an instrumental activity of daily living (IADL). This is also an aspect that can be agreed upon within your contact to protect your loved one and the PSW if anything were to arise.

The take-away from this should be that the PSW is not obligated to perform these activities if they have not been asked and agreed to do so.

These are major duties of a Personal Support Worker (but not limited to the following)

  • Assisting with all activities of daily living (ADL) including personal care but not limited to bathing, toileting, grooming, and dressing.
  • Transferring and lifting (partial to full) either manually or with the assistance of a mechanical lift.
  • Recognizing and reporting changes in a client’s behavior.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective communication and a professional relationship with clients, family members and co-workers.
  • Providing companionship.
  • Light housekeeping including laundry.
  • Assisting in meal preparations.
  • Medication reminders
  • Running errands
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Being a Personal Support Worker is no easy job, but it’s truly one of the most fulfilling jobs!  And in order for that to happen, we have created a specialized program to find the best fulfilling jobs in Toronto & the GTA for our graduates.

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Source: http://www.homehealthcarenetwork.com/blog/what-to-expect-from-your-psw/