Integrating a Palliative Approach: Essentials for Personal Support Workers

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Whether you’re looking for a developed hospice and palliative care curriculum, for modules to intersperse through your existing Personal Support Worker or Health Care Assistant program, for hospice volunteer training resources, or for continuing education in hospice and palliative care, Integrating a Palliative Approach: Essentials for Personal Support Workers program is for you.

“I am very aware that many front-line caregivers will receive their education through courses and classes that you teach! I wanted to develop teaching resources that would be helpful for you. My goal was to provide you with an instructors guide that links the national education standards pertaining to hospice palliative end of life care, and the Ontario provincial vocational learning outcomes, with lesson plans making full use of the text book, workbook, along with the complimentary videos, podcast library and PPT teaching presentations (with lecture notes). The Instructors Guide ties all of these resources together, providing lesson plans, references, and ideas for further study.” – Kath Murray

Integrating a Palliative Approach textbook and workbook package

This book was written specifically for personal support workers, healthcare assistants, nurse’s aides, community support workers. It will engage you with it’s warmth and heart, and provide you with the necessary resources and tools to respond to the needs of the dying and their families. Filled with practical strategies, stories of caregiving, and real-life scenarios, Integrating a Palliative Approach will increase your confidence, and competence, in providing compassionate care for the dying. In reading this book, you will learn the importance of:

  • Integrating a palliative approach into the care of people with any life-threatening disease, early in the disease process, across all care settings
  • Developing a reflective practice and maintaining therapeutic boundaries
  • Communicating with the person, family and health care team, and how to avoid roadblocks and open the doors to conversation

You will also learn about:

  • Common symptoms, and tools to help you gather information and provide comfort measures
  • Psycho-social needs, and how to create a nurturing place and respond in difficult situations
  • Last days and hours, and strategies to use in caring for the dying person and family
  • Self-care and compassion fatigue, and ways to care for yourself
  • The health care team, and strategies for advocating and communicating


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Companion Resources

Podcast Library

Boost your students’ learning with these podcasts on the principles and practices of hospice palliative care. Open access to our extensive podcast library means students can listen and learn at school, at home or when they travel – as many times as they want! Podcast topics include Standard Assessment Tools, Enhancing Comfort and Managing Symptoms, Psychosocial Issues, Grief, Dementia and Bereavement.


Experience the warm educational style of teaching in these instructional videos to enhance classroom learning with videos from leaders in hospice palliative care, develop student’s understanding of these hospice palliative care concepts and issues, prepare students for projects and study guide activities and develop a deeper understanding of the experiences of dying.

PowerPoint™ Teaching Presentations

We understand that life as an Instructor is busy. We created these Powerpoints™ teaching presentations to give you a jumpstart on teaching with the text Integrating a Palliative Approach: Essentials for Personal Support Workers. The Powerpoints™ teaching presentations follow the text chapters, using the text colours and rich illustrations to enhance learning.

Instructors’ Guide

This Instructor’s Guide is the roadmap for teaching with the new Integrating a Palliative Approach: Essentials for Personal Support Workers (Canada) and Essentials in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Resource for Nursing Assistants (USA) material. It integrates the companion hospice palliative care resources into easily taught sections, based on the chapters of the text. Divided into seven chapters, each chapter links the Canadian Educational Standards and the Ontario Personal Support Worker Program Standard: Vocational Learning Outcomes to the content in the text and the workbook. Teaching resources, ideas for preparation and lessons plans are outlined.