TIMMINS, ON: Northern College received just under $180,300 from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care through their Seniors Care Strategy. This funding will be used to expand and enhance simulation-based personal support worker training across all Northern College campuses. As part of its Seniors Care Strategy, the province has committed to funding three million additional personal support worker hours for seniors in need.
Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors will address the needs of seniors and their families, and aims to help seniors find and access services they need to be healthier and stay at home longer. Effective implementation of the Seniors Care Strategy relies on well educated, skilled personal support workers who can support seniors aging at home and collaborate with other community based health care professionals. The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care provided the Ontario Simulation Network (SIM-one) with funding to expand personal support worker training to support this initiative.
Under the direction of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, SIM-one allocated the funding to enable more simulation equipment resources for personal support worker training across Ontario’s publicly funded community colleges. All proposals were carefully reviewed against a strategic framework that included Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities vocational standards for personal support workers, professional learning outcomes, and identified best practices equipment for successful simulation-based personal support worker training.
“This funding will allow Northern College to expand upon our existing high quality health care simulation resources,” said Judy Rantala, Director of Health Sciences at Northern College. “It will enhance the quality of valuable hands-on learning experiences for our students in the utilization of home care equipment and allow them to practice senior care within a state-of-the-art simulated home care environment.”
Northern College’s Personal Support Worker program is a two semester certificate program consisting of theory and clinical practice in both institutional and community settings. There are still spots available for September. For more information on the Personal Support Worker program, please visit northernc.on.ca/psw.
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