Personal support workers (PSWs) play a central role in supporting clients and their families at end of life in a variety of palliative care contexts.
Gain the knowledge and skills required to provide high-quality, person-centred care, and support to clients with a life-limiting or palliative diagnosis and to their families. Also explore and utilize strategies to manage grief and other emotions.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Describe the role of a PSW in a variety of palliative care contexts including hospital, long-term care, community care, and hospice, while differentiating between palliative care and hospice
- Assess when a client may benefit from palliative care, and advocate effectively for client goals of care as part of an interdisciplinary health care team
- Select appropriate resources and care interventions within the PSW scope of practice to support clients and their families at end of life
- Discuss the impact death and dying can have on members of the health care team
- Recommend self-care strategies for clients and their family members experiencing grief and bereavement
- Develop strategies to address one’s own grief and other emotions
- The PSW in Palliative Care Settings
- The Goals of Palliative Care
- Palliative Care in Hospital and Long-Term Care (LTC) Settings
- Palliative Care in Hospice and Home
- The PSW and Paediatric Palliative Care
- This course is intended for those working within the personal support worker field and for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
- There are no pre-requisites for this course.
- You can expect to spend 8 hours per week to complete the course content, readings, activities, and assignments.
*Course details are subject to change.