Project Description

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to meet the full range of needs of older people in a variety of care settings.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss a range of age related issues to include healthy ageing, global and national demographic trends, etc.
  • Analyse the roles of the health care assistant
  • Examine a range of concepts and practices to include preparation for retirement
  • Explore a range of older people’s needs to include physical, social, emotional, psychological, etc.
  • Summarise the role of the health care assistant in providing care for older people
  • Discuss the issues related to an older person with mental illness or dementia and of living with chronic illness
  • Recognise the individual needs of the dying older person and their families
  • Summarise the range of the care settings for older people and the members of the healthcare team available in each care
  • Explore a range of specific services that are available for older people
  • Analyse current approaches towards developing quality in the provision of services for older people
  • Employ effective communication with the older person, their family and the multi disciplinary team
  • Adapt care and practices to meet the needs of older people with cognitive and sensory impairment
  • Exercise duties in a way that is respectful to the person’s body after death
  • Promote a range of aspects of care for the older person to include empowerment, advocacy, independence, etc.
  • Give assistance in the identification of how health promotion issues can be promoted in care settings for older people

Preferred Entry Level:  Relevant work/life experiences, QQI level 4 equivalent or Leaving Certificate.

Preferred Entry Level:  Relevant work/life experiences, QQI level 4 equivalent or Leaving Certificate.

Garda Vetting is required for this course.

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