Personal care is a service that is provided to any person in their home or Long-Term Care that meets the supportive, physical, and psycho-social needs of that person. Personal care is provided by an appropriately trained Personal Support Worker and will, at times, require working as a member of a health care team under the supervision of a Registered Health Professional (RHP). Supervision will be required when performing a designated task as delegated by an RHP under the Regulated Health Professions Act.
Personal Support Workers provide care to any person who requires personal assistance with activities of daily living (ADL). They may also provide additional care as delegated by an RHP as needed and when it can be performed safely and within Provincial legislation. PSW’s provide personal care and related paraprofessional services in accordance with an established plan of care. They are typically involved in both personal care tasks and incidental activities of daily living such as housekeeping, meal preparation, socialization, and companionship. However, the Role and Responsibilities of the PSW have increased slightly, with growth occurring yearly to meet the demands of our vulnerable sector.