Personal Support Worker
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Personal Support Workers are a part of the healthcare services offered in Ontario.
Personal support workers are involved in personal care, home management, family responsibilities, and social and recreational activities.
The personal support worker will help each client with their individual needs.
Examples of services provided include:
- Routine Activities
- Meal Preparation
Personal Support Workers work in a variety of settings including:
- Patients’ homes
- Long-term care facilities
- Supportive house settings
- Group homes
- Educational facilities
PSWs must complete an eight-month (approximately 700 hour) certificate course from a community college, private school, or district school board. There are variations in the PSW program length, course curricula, and method of delivery between these three types of educational providers, however, all PSW programs must offer theoretical, clinical, and community practicum components.
There is currently no licensure, as Personal Support Workers fall under the unregulated care provider (UCP) category. The title “PSW” is currently not a regulated title.
Students expecting to graduate from a private school or district school board must write a provincial comprehensive exam, in order to standardize their knowledge with community college graduates, who generally have taken a more rigorous program.
- Personal Support Network of Ontario
- Ontario Community Support Association