Personal support worker training may address growing population of Canadian seniors
May 07, 2012
Various colleges and universities in Canada offer personal support worker (PSW) training, which will become increasingly prominent as the population of seniors in the country expands, according to The Vancouver Sun.
These jobs often entail light household work that allows clients to continue to reside within their own homes. PSWs may perform tasks that range from meal preparation to providing a companion to talk to.
Certain programs may last as little as two semesters, along with 700 training hours. Graduates may head to hospitals, hospices or private homes.
"Demographics tell us there will be an increase in the need for skilled sup-port workers and a rise in home care," Nora Way, dean of health studies at Medicine Hat College in Alberta told the news source. "Right now, 100 per cent of our graduates find employment. Many are offered jobs before they finish the program."
Alberta itself is facing a shortfall of 5,000 healthcare aides for 2016, according to the news source.
Meanwhile, a survey of PSWs who graduated from George Brown College revealed that 86 percent of outgoing students were employed, with an average salary of nearly C$37,000.
According to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, the population of Canadians aged 65 years and older is expected to reach 10.4 million by 2036.