Certificate in Care of the Older Person – QQI Level 5


Course Aims

  • The aim of the Care of the Older Person course is to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to provide care for older people with a range of needs in a variety of settings.
  • Care of the Older Person is an elective module for the Level 5 Certificate in Health Service Skills (5M3782) and Level 5 Certificate in Healthcare Support (5M4339).

Course Outline

  • To enable the learner to develop good work practices in the provision of individualised holistic care for older people.
  • To enable the learner to understand the concepts and issues related to the ageing process.
  • To enable the learner to meet the full range of needs of older people in a variety of care settings.
  • To enable the learner to develop the skills and competence to enhance the quality of life of older people in their care.

Course Outline

  • Learners will be able to:
  • The physiological and psychological process of ageing.
  • Social attitudes to ageing people.
  • Impact of the ageing process on the older person.
  • Promotion of positive attitudes to the ageing process.
  • Identify care settings and services available for older people.
  • Current provision of care settings and support services for older people.
  • The role of the health care assistant when working with an older person.
  • Identify physical, emotional and social needs of the older person.
  • Caring for Older People with specific needs.
  • Effective communication with the older person.
  • Promotion of advocacy, empowerment, independence, dignity and respect of the older person.
  • The role of the family and carer.
  • Personal effectiveness in the workplace.

Course Assessment
Skills Demonstration 60%
Project 40%

Entry Requirements

  • QQI Level 4, Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Mature students with relevant work or life experience
  • English language proficiency if appropriate.

17 April 2018, Tuesday, 7pm – 10pm


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