Are you interested in a Career in Homecare?
The minimum HIQA requirement to work as a home carer is Care Skills QQI L5 (5N277) and Care of the Older Person QQI L5 (5N2706).
They are usually delivered over 5 days each. However, these modules have many similar Learning Outcomes (LO’s) and therefore Barrow Training could integrate these modules together and deliver both over 7 days in total.
Aim: The Aim is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to care for clients in a safe and hygienic environment and the needs of older people in a variety of care settings including the Home Care Sector.
Participant Profile: Course is suitable for those who require a formal qualification and skills to work in a care setting.
Duration: 7 days or equivalent contact delivery days in a classroom setting. Learners will be required to complete work outside of class time.
Status: Elective Minor component.
Credit Value: 30 credits of 120 credits required to achieve a major award in Healthcare.
At the end of the course the learner will be able to:
- Examine the physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual needs of a range of groups of people, taking into account individual variation
- Discuss the prevention of pressure sores
- Adapt levels of assistance to the needs of particular clients and identifying their hygiene needs
- Demonstrate a range of interpersonal skills when dealing with clients to include empathy, respect, patience and effective communication skills
- Assist clients with dressing, grooming, eating, drinking, toileting, continence promotion, mobility and where appropriate, social needs (washing, bathing, showering, positioning, moving & handling)
- Give assistance that enhances the privacy, dignity, independence and positive self image of clients in care
- Give assistance to clients in the use of a range of care equipment to include sensory equipment, aids to encourage independence and mechanical aids including mobility aids, feeding aids, washing aids, elimination aids and hoists
- Complete client documentation where appropriate
- Contribute to the maintenance of safe and hygienic environments for clients to include the safe disposal of soiled linen & correct procedures for the cleaning of patient equipment
- 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
- 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
- Discuss the issues related to an older person with mental illness or dementia and of living with chronic illness and end of life
- Explore a range of specific services that are available for older people to include education, lifelong learning, retirement/the workplace and leisure
- 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 and physical disabilities
- Exercise duties in a way that is respectful to the person’s body after death
- 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
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