Skin Health Program for Personal Care Providers
- An Innovation in Skin Health Education -

 

Attention Personal Care Providers!

Are you ready to prevent wounds and positively influence the skin health of the people you care for?

Then the Skin Health Program for Personal Care Providers is for you!

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Program Details

The Skin Health Program for Personal Care Providers is a self-paced, multifaceted program based on the best available evidence. It is designed to:

  • Encourage an interprofessional, collaborative and person-centred approach to skin health and wound prevention.
  • Provide personal care providers with the knowledge, judgement and attitudes to identify those at risk for skin breakdown and respond appropriately to optimize skin health and prevent wounds.
  • Spark change in practice and in the health of individuals and communities.


This educational program is designed to enhance the knowledge of personal care providers in monitoring health or skin changes in the individuals they care for, reporting observations to supervisors or health-care professionals, accurately documenting those observations and collaborating in follow-up care in accordance with the policies of their respective facilities or agencies.

Structure of the Program

The program is online, self-paced and can be completed in 8–9 hours. Participants will have approximately 6 months to complete the program.

Structure of the program icon1     11 highly interactive online modules

Structure of the program icon2     1 live webinar featuring expert faculty

Structure of the program icon3     Discussion boards on skin health and wound prevention

Structure of the program icon4     1 final exam to test knowledge

Program Topics

  • Skin structure and functions
  • Risk factors for skin breakdown
  • Common types of skin breakdown
  • Strategies to maintain healthy skin and prevent skin breakdown

Who can register?

Personal Care Providers are eligible to register in this program.*

*Please note personal care providers who work in Ontario in the home and community care sector may be eligible for FREE registration in this program. To learn more please click the ‘Proceed to Registration’ button at the bottom of the page.

What is a personal care provider?

As detailed in the National Occupational Standard (NOS) for Personal Care Providers developed by Colleges & Institutes Canada (CICan) in consultation and collaboration with sector stakeholders, “personal care providers work in a variety of care environments including home care, community, and healthcare settings. 

As valuable members of the healthcare team, they provide personal support and assistance with activities of daily living and other services for clients with varying degrees and types of illnesses and or disabilities across the lifespan. Using a person-centred approach, personal care providers work in partnership with the client and their health care team by holistically supporting the client’s physical, psychological, social, cognitive, cultural, and spiritual needs.

“Personal care providers enter the workforce with competencies that are transferable across care settings. Their hands-on skills and experience may vary depending on employment settings and client diversity. Ongoing training and education are important to maintain competence.”

As noted within the NOS “there are a variety (over 60+) of occupational titles which include, but are not limited to, personal support worker, health care aide, health care assistant, resident care worker, continuing care assistant, home support worker, personal care attendant, home and continuing care worker, residential care worker, home care assistants, special care home worker, and patient care worker.”

Why register?

The Skin Health Program for Personal Care Providers is an opportunity for personal care providers to enhance their knowledge in skin health and the prevention of common forms of skin damage, including skin tears, pressure injuries, moisture-associated skin damage, diabetic foot ulcers, leg ulcers and swelling, and thermal skin injuries.

This program encourages an interprofessional, collaborative and person-centred approach to care and focuses on early risk identification and prevention, which are key to ensuring the best possible outcomes for people at risk.     

Expected Outcomes for Participants

Upon successful completion of the Skin Health Program for Personal Care Providers, participants will receive a joint Certificate of Completion from Wounds Canada and the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, recognizing their dedication to learning and professional growth.

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The Skin Health Program for Personal Care Providers is delivered in partnership with the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), our sincere thanks to them for their collaboration, and we gratefully acknowledge the support and funding for the development of this program by the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH).