A PSW or a personal support worker comes under the broader category of caregivers. As part of their responsibilities, personal support workers provide assistance to the elderly or people who may have special needs due to a disability or disease.
PSWs work both at people’s homes and care facilities – depending on the individual nature of their job. While most employers only require a high school graduate with CPR/First Aid certification, there are bachelors and masters degrees available for people who want to pursue a career in this capacity.
Exact work duties of a personal support worker depend on the prospective employer’s requirements. PSWs that work in adult care centers and assisted living facilities may have a job description which is slightly different from those working in nursing homes or private residences. In essence, their work remains the same, and that is to provide personal care to their wards.
Sample Job Description for Personal Support Worker Resume
• Comprehend care plans provided by families or healthcare administrators and determine ways to implement them effectively
• Ensure that the care plan is followed appropriately and suggest any changes or alterations to the program after keen observation
• Assist patients with ambulation and positioning and provide them support in bathing, toileting, dressing and grooming
• Ensure that patients’ food is prepared according to a specific healthcare plan and assist them in partaking their meals
• Perform light housekeeping duties such as dusting, washing dishes, folding laundry
• Change bed linens and ensure that any soiled linen is delivered to the laundry
• Provide emotional support to distressed patients and provide them with companionship
• Monitor changes in patients’ behavior and report any significant observations to families and healthcare provider
• Provide informal counseling to patients in a bid to make them independent
• Ensure patient dignity by keeping personal and medical information confidential
• Ensure a clean, safe and healthy environment for patients to help them thrive both physically and emotionally
• Assist patients with both active and passive range of motions as per the care plan
• Observe and document changes in patients’ behavior
• Assist patients with medical administering and ensure that vitals such as blood pressure and temperature are recorded on a periodic basis
• Recognize emergency situations and perform First Aid and CPR in dire circumstances
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