Palliative Care


Understanding the role of the support care assistant in an interprofessional palliative care team; understanding the skills needed to provide assistance to clients who are at end-of-life and their families.


  • Professionalism
    • Competencies
    • Understand the role of the Supportive Care Assistant within the interprofessional palliative care team
    • Engage with the client and interprofessional team members to support client well-being at end- of-life
    • Demonstrate professionalism, and accountability and confidentiality to the client, families, interprofessional team members, and employers
    • Learning Objectives
    • Recall the role of the SCA in palliative care
    • Recognize the role of the SCA within the interprofessional palliative care team
    • Identify what is meant by “self-awareness,” especially when caring for someone with a serious or terminal illness
  • Supportive Client Centered Care
    • Competencies
    • Respect the client’s unique physical, cognitive, psychological, cultural, social, and spiritual needs when providing palliative care/services
    • Support clients’ rights to privacy, dignity, respect, and confidentiality at the end of life
    • Understand the need for empathy towards each client in recognizing that each client is unique and may experience health challenges differently
    • Learning Objective
    • Recall how to employ a client-centered care approach with individuals receiving palliative care
  • Communication
    • Competencies
    • Demonstrate inclusive practice when interacting with clients, families, and other interprofessional palliative care team members
    • Show respect for clients and their families’ beliefs, values and rights while responding to situations with honesty, humility, and integrity
    • Understand the importance of communication and relaying information appropriately
    • Learning Objectives
    • Recall how to provide assistance and support to client and family during end of life
    • Identify what to say when providing assistance and support to the family of an individual receiving palliative care
  • Personal Care
    • Competencies
    • Practice safe, supportive care that promotes client independence during activities of daily at end of life
    • Implement practices to maintain a clean and organized client care environment
    • Demonstrate appropriate use of touch while providing supportive care at end of life
    • Learning Objectives
    • Identify comfort level and changes in clients who are at end-of-life (EOL)
    • Recall how to observe changes in the comfort levels of clients receiving palliative care