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What Does a Personal Support Worker Do?

Personal Support WorkerWith Canada’s population aging, the need for personal support workers is expected to increase. According to Labour Market Information, an employment resources website managed by the federal Ministry of Human Resources and Skills Development, “Restructuring and expansion of community-based health care, in part to deal with the needs of an ageing population, is increasing the demand for workers in this group.”[1]

But what exactly does a personal support worker do?

A Variety of Responsibilities

Personal support workers are responsible for the domestic care and physical well-being of their clients. This can mean:

  • Caring for individuals and/or families during periods of incapacitation, convalescence or family disruption.
  • Administering bedside and personal care to clients such as aid in movement, bathing, personal hygiene, dressing and undressing.
  • Planning and preparing meals, including special diets, and feeding or assisting in feeding clients.
  • Demonstrating infant care to new parents.
  • Performing routine health-related duties such as changing non-sterile dressings, administering medications and collecting specimens under the general direction of home care agency supervisor or nurse.
  • Performing routine housekeeping duties such as laundry, washing dishes and making beds.
  • Providing elderly and convalescent clients with companionship and personal care in client’s home under general direction of home care agency supervisor or family members.

Being a personal support worker is a challenging and often daunting job, but it is one that can also be extremely satisfying and rewarding.

Personal Support Worker Training at Everest College in Sudbury

If you live or work in the Sudbury area, you can now train to be a professional personal support worker by taking the Personal Support Worker career education program at Everest College of Business, Technology and Health Care. In just seven months, you can acquire the knowledge, skills and hands-on training to qualify for entry-level positions in this challenging field.

Classes include intensive training in:

  • The Role of the Worker
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Safety
  • Assisting a Person with Mobility
  • Abuse
  • Household Management and Meal Preparation
  • Providing Optimal Support/Care Planning
  • Assisting a Person with Personal Hygiene
  • Assisting the Family
  • Cognitive Impairment and Mental Health Issues
  • Assisting a Person to Manage Ongoing Conditions
  • Assisting a Person with Medications
  • Assisting a Person Who Is Dying

Upon graduation, you can take advantage of Everest’s Career Services department. These career professionals can help you write an effective resume, practice critical interviewing techniques, choose an appropriate wardrobe and, most important of all, help you identify personal support worker job opportunities in your area.

About the Sudbury Campus

Everest College in Sudbury is situated at 66 Elm Street (Municipal Road 35) in downtown Sudbury, Ontario. The campus has ample off-street parking and is convenient to numerous restaurants, stores and daycare centres.

For More Information

For more information about the Personal Support Worker career education program at Everest College’s Sudbury campus, contact Everest College today!

[1] Labour Market Information – Visiting Homemakers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations (NOC Code 6471) – Employment Prospects –;1;employer_potential_current;1;new_search;1;search_type;1;province_id;35;search_key;1;noc_title;Visiting%20Homemaker;geo_area_id;0;
Published March 24, 2010.

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