PSW Education Fund for Long-Term Care
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Ontario long-term care (LTC) homes can receive tuition and backfill reimbursement for personal support worker (PSW) continuing education.
How does the PSW Education Fund for Long-Term Care work?
STEP 1: Apply for Funding Online
Ontario LTC homes assign a staff member as the Lead Contact, who submits an online application to receive tuition and backfill funding for PSW participation in Excellence in Resident-Centred Care (ERCC) for their home. Applications are reviewed and homes are notified by email of their application status.
STEP 2: Certify PSW Trainers
Approved LTC homes register 1-4 PSW Trainers for the ERCC Trainer Course. The course consists of 16-hours of online learning followed by an 8-hour in-class workshop. The date and location of the workshop is assigned based on geographic proximity and is confirmed when the application is approved.
STEP 3: Educate PSW Team Members
LTC homes organize ERCC Team Member Course(s) within their home, taught by their newly-certified ERCC Trainers. The number of Team Members eligible for this education is based on home size and is confirmed when the application is approved. The course consists of 8-hours of in-person education, typically delivered by 1-2 Trainers to 10-24 Team Members.
About the PSW Education Fund for Long-Term Care
For the second year, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Long-Term Care is working with the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (Ontario CLRI) to offer Excellence in Resident-Centred Care (ERCC) training to PSWs in Ontario long-term care homes. ERCC is delivered in partnership with Conestoga College and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.