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Life and Death Matters (LDM)

Life and Death Matters provides excellent competency-based palliative care education for PSWs. They offer a portfolio of teaching and learning resources, including texts, workbook, podcasts, videos, PPTs, lecture notes, instructor’s guides, and support to help with curriculum mapping.

Resources are based on the national and provincial palliative care competencies and are regularly reviewed and approved by the Life and Death Matters team and advisors. Since 2005, over 200 colleges, universities, and organizations have chosen Life & Death Matters materials to support their students’ education.

Palliative Care Education for Personal Support Workers


Training on Palliative Care Specific to PSWs – online training ($45)

Course Features

  • Interactive, self-learning online modules completed at your own pace (approximately 8 – 10 hours of work).
  • Short quizzes at the end of each module to assess knowledge.
  • Built by Canadian palliative care experts.
  • Participants will receive a LEAP certificate of completion.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of LEAP Personal Support Worker, learners should be able to:
  • Identify individuals who could benefit from a palliative care approach
  • Recognize the meaning of key terms related to Advance Care Planning
  • Identify pain types and causes of pain
  • Recognize the role that personal support workers/care aides/health care assistants play in helping the care team select medication
  • Recognize the impact that delirium has on patients and families
  • Recognize the difference between individuals experiencing normal grief, and those at risk of more complicated grief
  • Recall how to observe for, and report when an individual is affected by dyspnea
  • Identify the ‘Dignity Conserving Care’ approach to support individuals and maintain hopefulness
  • Identify advocacy communication skills that can be used to advocate for the individual you care for to other members of the health care team
  • Recall how to prepare individuals and families for the last days and hours

Topics Covered Include

  • Taking Ownership
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Goals of Care and Decision-Making
  • Pain – Introduction to Pain
  • Pain – Observation and Screening
  • Pain – Understanding Pain Medication
  • Pain – Understanding Pain Management
  • Delirium Screening and Management
  • Depression, Anxiety, and Grief
  • Dyspnea
  • Hydration and Nutrition
  • Gastrointestinal Symptoms
  • Suffering, Spiritual Care, and Maintaining Hope
  • Last Days and Hours
  • Communication