Assisted Living introduces basic nutrition, Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating, special requirements with regard to nutrition and fluids, client hygiene, grooming care, assisting clients with urinary and bowel elimination, and the goals of rehabilitation. The course is comprised of class and supervised laboratory experiences which assist the student to integrate theory to develop care-giver skills that maintain and promote the comfort, safety, and independence of individuals in community and facility contexts. This course consists of 15 days (75 hours) of daily, participatory learning sessions.
Students are supplied with text books for ongoing reference. In addition to daily quizzes, presentations, individual and group projects, and chapter exams, there is a final exam upon completion of the course. Students must achieve a mark of 75% to successfully complete the course.
This course is comprised of a variety of topics, concepts, and projects that focus on the following areas of skill and competency:
Basic Nutrition and Fluids: Describing the functions and major sources or protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water, and explaining the purpose of food labels
Grooming and Dressing: Explaining the importance of hair care and shaving, and describing how to dress and undress clients
Urinary Elimination: Describing the guidelines for maintaining normal urinary elimination and care for a client with a ureterostomy, and explaining the difference between straight, indwelling, suprapubic, and condom catheters
Bowel Elimination: Identifying the factors that affect bowel elimination, and describing how to care for a client with an ostomy pouch
Rehabilitation Care: Explaining how rehabilitation involves the whole client, and explaining the family’s role in the rehabilitation process