Care for Older Person (5N2706)

This is a part- time programme consisting of 40 hours of directed learning primarily in a classroom setting and 110 hours of self-directed learning. The purpose of the programme is ensure that graduates have the required skills, knowledge and competence to care effectively and to a high standard for older people in a range of settings using best practice and adhering to current legislative and regulatory requirements. This module is an elective module of the major awards Level 5 Health Service Skills 5M3782 and Healthcare Support 5M4339. Learners can take it as a stand-alone component award or as a building block for the major award/s. Graduates of this programme can study for other modules of these major awards with us, or transfer /progress to other QQI providers offering related modules or major awards.The learning outcomes are delivered through four key areas: 1) Ageing Process 2) Working with the Older Person 3) Specific Needs 4) Care settings In delivering the "Ageing Process" healthy ageing is defined using the "Activities of Daily Living" to illustrate how key activities change as we age and the steps to implement to minimise the negative steps of ageing. In doing so we will look at how various cultures view ageing from a traditional and spiritual viewpoint. In working with the older person the key learning outcomes will focus on the physical, social, psychological, recreational, financial needs of the older person. In "caring for the older person with specific needs" we will look at care and practices for cognitive and sensory impairments and dealing with chronic and mental illness from an ageing perspective. Also deals with the dying needs of the individual and their families.

"I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to do this course as I learned loads of new things" - John

Course content

Learners will be able to:

  1. Discuss a range of age related issues to include healthy ageing, global and national demographic trends, the normal physiological and psychological processes of ageing, the social impact of ageing on older people and differing attitudes to ageing and older people
  2. Analyse the roles of the health care assistant in promoting positive attitudes to ageing and of statutory and voluntary agencies in promoting the well being of older people
  3. Examine a range of concepts and practices to include preparation for retirement and the ethnic and cultural influences on the older person
  4. Explore a range of older people's needs to include physical, social, emotional, psychological, recreational, financial, environmental and spiritual needs
  5. Summarise the role of the health care assistant in providing care for older people
  6. Discuss the issues related to an older person with mental illness or dementia and of living with chronic illness
  7. Recognise the individual needs of the dying older person and their families
  8. Summarise the range of the care settings for older people and the members of the healthcare team available in each care setting
  9. Explore a range of specific services that are available for older people to include education, lifelong learning, retirement/the workplace and leisure
  10. Analyse current approaches towards developing quality in the provision of services for older people and their families to include standards and quality assurance
  11. 11 Employ effective communication with the older person, their family and the multi disciplinary team
  12. Adapt care and practices to meet the needs of older people with cognitive and sensory impairment and physical disabilities
  13. Exercise duties in a way that is respectful to the persons body after death
  14. Promote a range of aspects of care for the older person to include empowerment, advocacy, independence, individualised care, dignity, respect, choice, self esteem and include family and carers as partners in care
  15. Give assistance in the identification of how health promotion issues can be promoted in care settings for older people and in the provision of therapeutic interventions that will enhance the social interactions and quality of life of the older person.

Programme details

  • Award Title: Care for Older Person (5N2706)

  • Duration: 150 hours in total with 40 hours of directed learning. This will be delivered as a part-time programme in the evening or during the day or both. It will be timetabled to suit the needs and lifestyles of our learners. In addition to 40 hours of directed learning in the classroom, learners will be expected to invest an additional 110 hours (approximately) in self-directed learning, mainly working on assignments.

  • Entry requirements: Leaving Certificate or relevant qualifications and/or relevant life and work experience. participants must speak and work in English at a standard appropriate to the course content.

  • Award Type: Minor Award

  • Framework Level: NFQ Level 5

  • Awarding Body: QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland)

  • Assessment:
    1. Project
    2. Two practical Skill demonstrations

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