Assisted Living

Course Info:

Course Introduction

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.

Course Prerequisites

Completion of Healing Mobility and Home Support.

Course Notes

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.

Course Breakdown

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

  • Program: Healthcare

  • Course Aim: Students achieve the following learning outcomes: 1) discuss nutrition as it relates to healing, 2) describe ways to organize, administer, and evaluate person-centred care and service for clients experiencing common health challenges, 3) perform personal care skills in an organized manner ensuring the comfort and appropriate independence of the client, 4) apply an informed problem-solving process to the provision of care and assistance, 5) provide personal care and assistance within the parameters of the HCA, and 6) provide care and assistance in ways that maintain safety for self and others in a variety of contexts.

  • Of interest to: Those actively pursuing Health Care Assistant training as part of their life-long career journey, and to provide the opportunity for students to develop the skills required to provide personal support services to clients and their families, and residents in the community, at home, and in long-term care facilities and institutions.

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