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Do you love to make a difference in peoples’ lives? Do you enjoy helping people and the intrinsic rewards that come with it? A job as a personal support worker might be the career for you. It’s a profession in extremely high demand, and not only is it a great and stable career option but you’ll be able to make a real difference in the lives of people who really need your help.

Personal support workers assist the elderly, the disabled and the less fortunate with completing their day-to-day tasks, ensuring proper hygiene and nutritional habits, as well as assisting them with their medication.

The Personal Support Worker program at the Canadian Academy of Dental Health (CADH) is designed to prepare students for a rewarding career as a personal support worker. With a great mix of hands-on training and theoretical knowledge, the program is designed to prepare students with the skills they need to succeed as compassionate, supportive assistants for those in need.

The Personal Support Worker program at CADH was developed with the Ontario government as a plan to reform long-term care and support services. With certification, personal support workers can find a job working in nursing homes, hospitals, private care facilities, and some even choose to become self-employed, offering their support services as an entrepreneur.

The Personal Support Worker program consists of 285 hours of in-class training, coupled with 355 hours in a clinical placement. CADH’s campus includes a WiFi equipped facility, a great library resource center, a comfortable lounge area and excellent on-site digital references thanks to an abundance of computer workstations.

The Personal Support Worker program at CADH is 6 months in length and it is offered either in the mornings, afternoons or evenings. Graduates of the Personal Support Worker will receive certification from the National Association of Career Colleges.

Some of the skills and knowledge you’ll be learning in the Personal Support Worker program include:

–          Interpersonal skills
–          Assisting with mobility
–          Assisting with medications
–          Personal hygiene
–          Safety skills
–          Cognitive impairment issues
–          Mental health issue
–          Assisting a person who is dying

Applicants and prospective students should be compassionate and helpful with excellent interpersonal and communications skills.

Career Opportunities

People are staying in hospitals for much shorter periods of time these days, and with family members frequently living further away from each other, the need for skilled professionals in the home-based support sector is rising. There is a great demand for talented, compassionate people who can help support elderly and disabled patients. This means that finding work as a qualified personal support worker is quite easy, and leads to a very stable, rewarding career.

Whether you work in a hospital, private care clinic, nursing home or as an entrepreneur offering your services, personal support workers enjoy very stable work and great pay, as well as the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with helping another person.

Typical Job Duties

Typical duties as a personal support worker include:

–          Answering calls
–          Preparing meals
–          Assisting in feeding
–          Taking patients’ blood pressure
–          Administering medication
–          Collecting fluid
–          Collecting blood
–          Cleaning and sterilizing equipment

Personal support workers are responsible for ensuring their patients are safe and helping them to live rich and fulfilling lives with as much autonomy as possible.

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