Wednesday, May 16, 2012
PSWs May 16 was Personal Support Worker Day
Kay is 100% functioning cognitively; she cannot eat solid food.
PSWs are increasingly providing the majority of direct care services to elderly or ill patients who live in long-term care institutions or who receive home care. Unlike most other health care workers in Ontario, PSWs are not a regulated health care profession, meaning there is no governing body which sets standards for the skills and knowledge needed to practice as a PSW, and the services they can provide. Rather, PSWs have a role standard which says “personal support workers do for a person the things that the person would do for themselves, if they were physically or cognitively able”.
An estimated 57,000 PSWs in Ontario work in the long-term care sector, 26,000 work for agencies that provide community and home care, and about 7,000 provide care in hospitals.