What is the difference between a supportive care assistant and a personal care provider (PSW, HCA)?
The roles are very different. The supportive care assistant role was developed as part of a work integrated training program. Students will support personal care providers (PSW, HCA) and the health care team. The role is limited to non-clinical activities such as:
- Assisting with meals
- Assisting with cleaning and disinfecting
- Stocking materials required by clients and health care staff
- Making clients’ beds, cleaning their rooms and other areas
- Providing companionship, comfort, and support
- Assisting with and accompanying clients as they move about
- Participating in activities with clients
Personal care provider programs are much longer and as a result they have more responsibility and carry out more complex tasks, such as taking vital signs.