PSW059 - Palliative Care

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Subject Title
Palliative Care

Subject Description
This subject allows students to discuss the concept of dying. Also students have the opportunity to examine personal beliefs about life-threatening illness, dying and death. Assisting the dying person to maintain a desired lifestyle and respecting her/his right to make decisions with regard to support are discussed. Specific approaches within the scope of the support worker to reduce discomfort/pain and ongoing pain (within the context of a plan of support or care) are also covered.

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 their own reactions to life threatening illness, dying and palliation.

2. Recognize the impact of life-threating conditions on the client and his/her family/friends.

3. Understand and discuss the process of dying.

4. Describe the stages of grief.

5. Describe and apply the concept of palliation.

6. Recognize the rights of the client, family member or designated other in decisions regarding consent to treatment, living wills and "Do Not Resuscitate" orders as identified in the care plan.

7. Explain how culture, religion, and age can influence attitudes towards death.

8. Define common discomfort and pain-reducing techniques; use as required in a care plan.

9. Identify the activities required at the time of death, according to agency policy or as outlined in the plan of support/care, specific to agency (community) hospice, instutional and facility care.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

PSW050, PSW051, PSW052, PSW053, PSW054, PSW055, PSW056, PSW057, PSW058, PSW059, and PSW112

Topic Outline

Palliative care
Stages of grief
Affects of culture, religion and age on attitudes towards  death and the grieving process
Rights and Responsibilities
Legislation and the Law
Pain and Pain Management

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 Sorentino, Leighann Remmert and Canadian autors Mary J. Wilk and rosemary newmaster: Elsevier Canada
(3rd edition) with accompanying workbook. http:/   

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

Assignment(s)        45%
Test(s)                    20%
Final Exam             35%
Total                      100%

Approved by: Lisa Somers