PSW052 - Foundations of Personal Support Worker Practice II

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Subject Title
Foundations of Personal Support Worker Practice II

Subject Description

This subject deals with aspects of safety, mobility and household management. Accident risk factors as well as safety measures are discussed. Infection control and the principles of good body mechanics are introduced. Client safety and comfort as it relates to positioning are emphasized. The concepts of rest and activity and how these two affect the client's well being are also discussed. In addition this subject enables students to develop and demonstrate skills related to assisting with household activities and household management. Planning and preparing nutritious and appealing meals are explored. Special diets, cultural and religious preferences are emphasized when discussing meal preparation.

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. Identify unsafe situations and take steps to prevent/minimize injury to the client/worker.

2. Identify, use and care for equipment safely and correctly.

3. Identify potential fire hazards and employ fire safety.

4. Identify procedures for safe handling/storage of hazardous products.

5. Recognize WHMIS and symbols.

6. Identify incident reports related to accidents.

7. Identify steps to minimize contamination or cross-infection.

8. Identify promotion of client safety as it relates to call bells, bedrails and client identification.

9. Describe the principles of restraints, restraint alternatives and appropriate legislation.

10. Understand and discuss the basics of how the Musculoskeletal system works.

11. Explain principles of body mechanics.

12. Describe how to assist client to move using the appropriate transfer techniques and equipment.

13. Explain proper positioning and repositioning.

14. Understand how to assist the client with ambulation and active and passive range of motion exercises.

15. Describe bed rest and its potential complications.

16. Incorporate the principles of home management when providing client care.

17. Describe how to clean a home effectively and safely.

18. Recognize laundry labels and washing instructions.

19. Identify the principles of Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Living.

20. Explain and create special diets/meals.

21. Describe how a client's health status, their culture and religion can affect food preferences.

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PSW050 - Foundations of Personal Support Worker Practice II

Topic Outline
Accident risk factors
Equipment use/care
Fire Prevention
Incident Reports
The Musculoskeletal System
Body Alignment
Lifting, transferring techniques
Common accessory or adaptive devices
Range of motion exercises
Bed rest vs. activity
Home management
Meal preparation and planning
Shopping for groceries
Food Storage and safety
Special diets

Mode of Instruction
 1. Lectures, videos, guided discussions, case studies, independent study, demonstration

Prescribed Texts
 Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker, by Sheila Sorentino: Elsevier Canada (latest edition)

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+90%  to  100%
A80%  to  89%
B+75%  to  79%
B70%  to  74%
C+65%  to  69%
C60%  to  64%
D+55%  to  59%
D50%  to  54%
F0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)

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

Modes of Evaluation

Computer Assignment 10%
Interview Report 10%
Assignment/Group Work/Presentation 20%
Mid Term Test 25%
Final Exam 35%
Total 100%

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