PSW051 - Providing Family Support I

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Subject Title
Providing Family Support I

Subject Description

This subject enables student to understand the effects of illness, stress and disability on today's families. The Personal Support Worker is required to provide personal hygiene to clients of all ages. Infection prevention is discussed as it relates to providing personal care and the integumentary, urinary, digestive and immune systems are briefly introduced to enhance learning.

Credit Status

1 Credit towards the Personal Support worker Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate effective oral communication skills in a presentation.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and function of the skin, aging and common conditions related to skin care.

3. Describe the chain of infection, risk factors, and modes of transmission.

4. Distinguish the difference between medical and surgical asepsis.

5. Explain the importance of and demonstrate the use of gloves, masks and gowns.

6. Understand and demonstrate correct hygiene procedures including handwashing when performing bathing, perineal care,            mouth care, denture care, nail care, shaving, dressing, grooming and skin care.

7. Define activities of daily living.

8. Describe the need for different patient positioning.

9. Describe the general rules for bed making.

10. Identify different family structures in Canada.

11. Recognize the effect of the PSW in a client/their family's life.

12. Incorporate knowledge of the stages of growth and development into delivery of care. (Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and              Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Health).

14. Explain routine child and infant care and adult care.

15. Identify stages of pregancy.

16. Recognize common signs of post partum depression, stress and burnout.

17. Describe "special needs" as it applies to children.

18. Identify community support (groups, pamphlets etc) for families.

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Personal Support Worker Orientation session and EAP100 testing.

Topic Outline

  • Structure and function of the skin and common conditions affecting  the skin
  • Hygiene procedures surrounding all aspects of client care
  • Chain of infection
  • Hand washing
  • Universal precautions
  • Personal hygiene
  • Oral care
  • Bathing
  • Massage
  • Perineal care
  • Dressing and grooming
  • Bed making
  • Problem solving skills related to dealing with clients' personal and health related hygiene
  • Role of the Personal Support Worker when caring for families
  • Growth and Development (children - older adults)
  • Maternal/Child/Infant Care
  • Community Support

Mode of Instruction

1. Lectures complemented by overheads, videos and supplemental material

2. Guided Discussions

3. Case Studies

4. Role Plays

5. Demonstrations

Prescribed Texts

* Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker by Sheila Sorrentino, Elsevier Canada (3rd edition)
* Mosby's Workbook to Accompany Mosby's Textbook for the Support Worker by Sheila Sorrentino, Elsevier Canada (3rd edition)

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D 55%  to  59%
F 0%    to  54% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Computer Assignment
Assignment/Group Work/Presentation
Mid Term Test
Final Exam

Unless students have been granted an extension on their assignments, late assignments will be penalized one letter grade per week and will not be graded after two weeks.

Note: A minimum grade of "C" must be obtained in this subject in order to pass.
*Students must pass both the term work and the final exam in order to pass the subject.

Approved by: Lisa Somers