PSW061 - PSW Basic Care Lab Skills

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Subject Title
PSW Basic Care Lab Skills

Subject Description
This course allows students to review the theory and practice all of the clinical skills that they have acquired thus far. This lab helps to build confidence and prepares students for the applied setting.

Credit Status
1 credit towards the Personal Support Worker Program

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

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:
1. Apply the principles of infection prevention and control in the performance of basic care procedures.

2. Develop a systematic approach in giving personal care to the client.

3. Communicate effectively with clients to ensure worker and client safety.

4. Demonstrate safe and effective bed bathing, grooming and dressing.

5. Promote independence and respect for client's autonomy while assisting with their care.

6. Demonstrate knowledge of documentation.

7. Demonstrate knowledge of oral/written report.

8. Apply principles of bed making and (occupied and unoccupied) infection prevention and control, proper body mechanics and effective communication.

9. Understand and perform the following:

a. taking vital signs(discuss pain and Oxygen Saturation Spo2)
b. measuring intake and output
c. measuring height and weight
d. catheter care, application of condom catheters
e. colostomy care
f. isolation procedures

10. Safely assist client with medication administration.
11. Demonstrate an understanding of feeding including enteral feeding and ways to prevent aspiration.

12. Apply principles of body mechanics in the performance of client functions

13. Demonstrate basic math skills.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

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.

Personal Support Worker Orientation session and EAP100 testing.

Topic Outline
Principles of infection prevention and control (IPAC)
Effective handwashing techniques
Transferring, lifting and positioning clients
Effective communication
Occupied and Unoccupied bedmaking
Techniques for bed, bathing and dressing
Grooming - including shaving, mouth and denture care, care of eye glasses and hearing aids
Client independence and autonomy
Care related to elimination
Oral and written reports

Mode of Instruction

Lectures complemented by overheads, videos and supplemental material
Guided Discussions
Case Studies
Role Plays

Prescribed Texts
**Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker Text and Workbook Package by Sheila Sorrentino, Leighann Remmert ,
Mary J. Wilk, Elsevier Canada (4th edition); ISBN 978-1-77172-132-5

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%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (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

Homework Assignment/Quiz
Skills Testing

Grading Scheme

A minimum “C” (60%) grade is required for one credit towards the Personal Support Worker Program.

* Students must pass both the term work and the skills testing in order to pass the subject.

Approved by: Lisa Somers