Online, self-learning palliative care course for personal support workers, care aides, and health care assistants.
LEAP Personal Support Worker is an online, self-learning course that provides personal support workers and care aides with the essential competencies to provide a palliative care approach.
Who is it for?
LEAP Personal Support Worker is for personal support workers, care aides, and health care assistants working in long-term care, home care, nursing homes, and acute care.
- Interactive, self-learning online modules completed at your own pace (approximately 8 – 10 hours of work).
- Short quizzes at the end of each module to assess knowledge.
- Built by Canadian palliative care experts.
- Participants will receive a LEAP certificate of completion.
Upon completion of LEAP Personal Support Worker, learners should be able to:
- Identify individuals who could benefit from a palliative care approach
- Recognize the meaning of key terms related to Advance Care Planning
- Identify pain types and causes of pain
- Recognize the role that personal support workers/care aides/health care assistants play in helping the care team select medication
- Recognize the impact that delirium has on patients and families
- Recognize the difference between individuals experiencing normal grief, and those at risk of more complicated grief
- Recall how to observe for, and report when an individual is affected by dyspnea
- Identify the ‘Dignity Conserving Care’ approach to support individuals and maintain hopefulness
- Identify advocacy communication skills that can be used to advocate for the individual you care for to other members of the health care team
- Recall how to prepare individuals and families for the last days and hours
Topics Covered Include
- Taking Ownership
- Advance Care Planning
- Goals of Care and Decision-Making
- Pain – Introduction to Pain
- Pain – Observation and Screening
- Pain – Understanding Pain Medication
- Pain – Understanding Pain Management
- Delirium Screening and Management
- Depression, Anxiety, and Grief
- Hydration and Nutrition
- Gastrointestinal Symptoms
- Suffering, Spiritual Care, and Maintaining Hope
- Last Days and Hours