Personal Support Workers recognize that behaviours or changes in behaviour can be related to illness or other conditions such as cognitive impairment, brain injury, substance abuseu or mental illness. They use approaches and techniques to assist clients with these changes or conditions in keeping with the care/support plan and report observations to the appropriate team member. They also identify factors that can increase the risk of suicide, and recognize signs of possible suicidal behaviour. This module introduces students to common psychiatric conditions (affective disorders and schizophrenia), substance abuse, cognitive impairment, and brain injuries. The possibility of multiple conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression will be discussed. The role of the family caregiver as well as the importance of observation, documentation, and reporting will be reviewed. 

Main Topics

11.1   Ch.14: Body Structure and Function (Nervous System)(p.206-208)

          Ch.18: Common Diseases and Conditions (Nervous System Disorders)(p.285-290)

11.2   Ch.34: Mental Health Disorders

11.3   Ch.35: Confusion, Delirium, and Dementia

11.4   Ch.18: Common Diseases and Conditions (Stroke/Cerebral Vascular Incident)                         (p.286-297)

11.5   Module Review, Test and Take Up


EV 11-1: Mod 11 Assignment 1 (Cognitive Impairment)

Weighting: 20%

EV 11-2: Mod 11 Assignment 2 (ABI – Acquired Brain Injuries)

Weighting: 20%

EV 11-2: Mod 11 Test

Weighting: 60%


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Module Review

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