Personal support workers (PSWs) provide an essential service in the healthcare sector by taking care of those who can’t care for themselves in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care homes, retirement homes, and other similar facilities. Their main role is assisting patients and clients with their daily activities, but because there isn’t a standard list of responsibilities for these caregivers, at least not in Ontario, according to the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC); PSWs tend to have more roles and responsibilities than people think.
In this article, we will list some of the most common PSW roles and responsibilities, and we will also mention others that are not as common but certainly prove that PSWs are among the most versatile caregiving professionals in the healthcare sector.
The roles and responsibilities PSWs perform while caring for patients and clients usually depend on the plan of care that healthcare providers create for each person, considering their health and the type of setting where they are being cared for, the type of services they or their families want to receive, among other factors. PSWs (personal support workers) are not directly responsible for creating these plans, but they are the ones who execute them.
Generally speaking, PSW’s main roles and responsibilities are:
According to the Ontario PSW Association, besides the above-listed roles and responsibilities, a PSW (personal support worker) can have, the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) sets out guidelines that allow unregulated health professionals to perform certain controlled acts such as insertion of a digit or instrument into a body cavity, care or procedure under the dermis, and any task or skill needing a physician’s prescription.
Additionally, PSWs can also carry out these duties:
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