Employers and the public could use the registry to verify this important information, and employers would be better informed to meet patient needs.
PSWs provide care to seniors, people with disabilities and those with complex health needs. This registry will enable the government to work in partnership with PSWs to better meet the health needs of these vulnerable groups, leading to improved health outcomes.
The registry is expected to be up and running by the summer of 2012.
The announcement is part of the government’s Open Ontario Plan to provide more access to health care services while improving quality and accountability for patients.
“Ontarians rely on the invaluable contributions that personal support workers make to our health care system. The registry provides recognition for the vital role they play and improves access to Ontarians who are in need of their services.”- Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
“I feel the role Personal Support Workers play in the health system is finally being recognized in this province with the creation of a registry and the hosting of Personal Support Worker Day.”- Yvonne Greaves, PSW, Circle of Care Home Care Services Toronto.
- Personal support worker day is May 19th and recognizes the contributions of personal support workers to our health care system.
- There are an estimated 90,000 personal support workers in Ontario with about 57,000 providing care in long-term care homes and 26,000 in home care through community health agencies. About 7,000 personal support workers provide care in hospitals.
- The work of personal support workers ranges from assisted daily living tasks (such as personal hygiene, transferring clients between bed and chair, taking medication and doing light housework) to delegated health procedures (such as changing dressings, tube feedings and oxygen therapy).
- To date, stakeholders have provided valuable input into this registry. Consultations with PSWs, their representatives and other stakeholders will begin in the summer.
- The British Columbia government created a registry for first care aides and community health workers in January 2010.