This module deals with aspects of safety as they relate to both the consumer/client and the worker. One of the fundamental activities of the Personal Support Worker is assisting the consumer/client with routine activities of living. It is essential that the PSW provide assistance in a manner that is effective, safe, and provides for client comfort. As part of this, the PSW must be aware of potential risks posed by unsafe equipment or settings and the appropriate actions to take if unsafe situations are identified. Infection control methods will be taught, as infections can cause distress for both the consumer/client and the worker. This module will also discuss body mechanics as well as consistency in transferring, lifting techniques, and the use of equipment to increase safety and reduce client anxiety, confusion, and dependency. Students will also learn the importance of proper positioning in a bed or chair for the comfort and safety of the client.

Main Topics

2.1   Ch.19: Safety

2.2   Ch.20: Preventing Infection

2.3   Ch.14: Body Structure and Function (Musculo-Skeletal & Nervous System)(p.202-208)

        Ch.17: Caring for Older Adults (Aging Changes to Musculo-Skeletal & Nervous System) (p.266)

2.4   Ch.23: Body Mechanics: Moving, Positioning, Transferring and Lifting the Client

2.5   Ch.24: Exercise and Activity

2.6   Wheelchair Fundamentals (MHS Mobility)

2.7    Skills Practice

2.8    Performance Demonstrations

2.9   Module Review, Test and Take Up


  • EV 02-1: Mod 02 Assignment (Home Inspection)
    • Weighting: 30%
  • EV 02-2: Mod 02 Performance Demo
    • Weighting: 10%
  • EV 02-3: Mod 03 Test
    • Weighting: 60%


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Module Review

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