Advance Palliative Practice Skills – A.P.P.S.


Building on the Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care Program, Advanced Palliative Practice Skills (APPS)  focuses on the support worker’s scope of practice in relation to the foundational concepts of Hospice Palliative Care.

The Advanced Palliative Practice Skills (APPS) program is an educational opportunity for Personal Support Workers (PSWs), Health Care Aides and Hospice Volunteers who are graduates of the Core Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care Program and who are currently working or volunteering in palliative care.

The APPS program is comprised of three in-class sessions with additional reading, reflections and e-learning modules. Following participation in course content the learner will:

  • Have an enhanced understanding and respect for the role of PSWs/Health Care Aides in providing a palliative approach.
  • Be more self-awareness when providing Hospice Palliative Care (HPC).
  • Have an enhanced understanding of loss and grief.
  • Be able to identify opportunities and strategies around symptom management.
  • Have an enhanced understanding of comfort measures at end-of-life (EOL)
  • Have an enhanced understanding of ethical challenges in end-of-life.
  • Actively contribute to a team approach.

APPS Eligibility:

  • Completion of the Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care Course
  • Must be a health care provider in a supportive role caring for people with a progressive, life-limiting illness (i.e. Personal Support Worker, Health Care Aide, Recreational Therapist, Volunteer, Social Worker etc.)

Performance Objectives:

  • Develop trust and therapeutic relationships with the people and families you care for
  • Learn effective ways to communicate with people with cognitive impairments
  • Identify your role in maintaining confidentiality
  • Enhance your team communication skills
  • Learn ways to recognize and manage conflict
  • Develop a self-care plan
  • Appreciate the importance of the support worker role in observing and reporting issues in the physical domain
  • Learn strategies for relieving pain, breathlessness, confusion and other symptoms

Current Course Offerings:

Orillia Common Room
169 Front St S, Orillia
Thursday April 9th, Thursday April 30th and Wednesday May 20th

Cost: $60

Register Here!