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What is PSW?

pswA Personal Support Worker (PSW) is a health care worker that provides care to those who are not able to care for themselves.  This includes seniors, individuals with physical disabilities and individuals with mental disabilities.


They are caring support providers who help people with activities of daily living to maintain their dignity, whether they are living at home or in long-term care facilities.  In addition, PSWs function as integral members of the health care team to communicate with the clients, their families and health care teams.  The following are a PSW's major duties and responsibilities:


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Co-operates with all members of the health team
  • Promotes safety and works in a safe manner
  • Assists with range of motion exercises and other rehabilitative measures
  • Changes bed linen, towels and performs laundry related tasks
  • Assists with all aspects of personal hygiene including collecting specimens for required medical tests
  • Takes and records blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiration, body weight and height
  • Assists with ambulation and mobilization of patients
  • Works as a supportive care worker for palliative care and hospice patients
  • Teaches life skills
  • Observes and reports clinical and treatment findings, behavioural changes and changes in ongoing conditions
  • Maintains records and documents procedures
  • Provides emotional support to patients and families
  • Assists with meal preparation, grocery shopping, feeding, dietary planning, food handling
  • Practices universal precautions and maintains a clean working environment
  • Assists with oxygen therapy, hot and cold applications
  • Awareness of common allergies and related CPR/First Aid measures


If you,


  • Want to make a difference in people's lives
  • Want to join the growing field of a health care team
  • Want a dynamic career taking care of and empowering people of all ages
  • Enjoy seeing people increase their independence, self-esteem, dignity and social interaction
  • Have a passion for diversified culture
  • Want to upgrade yourself


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