Understanding Basic Human Needs for the Personal Care Worker

This course presents information on lifespan growth and development, including the different levels of human needs. Normal changes typically seen with aging are identified, and reality as compared to myths associated with aging are examined. Additionally, individual aging differences and age-related conditions will be reviewed, as well as information on death, dying, grief, and loss.

This is a self paced course with knowledge check quizzes after each lesson.

  • Identify changes in developmental tasks associated with the aging process
  • Discuss life span growth and development
  • Recognize perceptions and myths related to aging
  • Describe basic physical and psychological human needs
  • Recognize various working solutions to meet disabled and elderly patients' needs
  • Recognize normal changes with aging
  • Discuss age-related health conditions
  • Identify individual differences
  • Discuss family dynamics
  • Define family stress
  • State the physical signs and symptoms indicating death is near
  • Describe the nursing care for the dying patient
  • Describe the role of the PCA after death of a patient has occurred
  • Define hospice
  • Explain the importance and use of advance directives
  • Explain the meaning of the letters DNR and DNI
  • Identify coping mechanisms to deal with grief and loss
  • Define the grieving process
  • Outline the plan of care for the grieving person
Contact Time

3 Contact Hour: Based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 0 hour(s).

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of personal care workers.

Washington State DSHS CE Approval Code: - CE122695
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services approved this course for CONTINUING EDUCATION PURPOSES for long term care workers. 
Disclosure Statements:
Author Originating

Patricia Jump - RN PHN MA

Technical Nurse Consultant, President Acorn's End Training and Consulting. Patricia Jump received her Bachelor's in Nursing Degree from Winona State University and her Masters of Arts Degree in Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary's University. She has over 25 years experience in the health care field and almost two decades of public speaking experience. As a professional trainer and consultant, Patricia conducts seminars across the country for all levels of employees in business, professional associations, educational organizations, churches, and government agencies. Additionally, she serves as personal coach, consultant, and retreat facilitator for home care leaders and organizations throughout the nation.


Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.


This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division located in Rochester Minnesota. Development was funded from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

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Personal Care Worker Health