With the advent of new forms of technology and medication, a growing number of invalid or elderly patients are able to live at home with the help of a personal support worker. This can make a huge difference in a person's life, as living at home, among family and in the comfort of familiar surroundings can have a positive influence on a person's health. The need for personal support workers in today's world has grown significantly as a result.
A personal support worker does not only help with the physical aspect of a patient's wellbeing but also his mental wellbeing. They must also learn how to help family members deal with issues that may arise from having a sick or elderly person in the house. It can be a very challenging field but it is also tremendously satisfying, with very good employment opportunities available.
Programs which teach students to become personal support workers will teach them how to identify the individuality of their client, including likes, dislikes, their relationship with family and friends and their wishes. Students will then learn about supervision and the role of a personal support worker with regard to the client. They will also learn to build interpersonal skills in order to build a stable relationship with their client. Students will also learn about important safety measures, how to assist a person with mobility issues and how to identify signs of possible abuse. Students will also learn how to prepare meals and help manage certain household chores. They will also learn about care planning, assisting with issues relating to personal hygiene, medication and mental issues. They will also learn to deal with family members and help in dealing with dying in the case of terminally ill or elderly patients.
Canadian Provinces with Career Colleges offering diplomas, programs or courses in Personal Support Worker