Group discussion/group activities
NOTE: All skills are taught in such a way that both facility and community contexts are recognized.
Consolidation of laboratory skills from HCSW 1105
- Problem-solving when carrying out care-giving procedures.
- Asepsis and Prevention of Infection:
- Cleaning of equipment (in the home).
- Promoting personal hygiene.
- Moving, positioning and transferring a client/resident.
- Promoting exercise and activity.
- Promoting healthy nutrition and fluid intake:
- Preparing simple, nutritionally sound meals (in the home)
- Practicing safe food handling and storage
- Using food preparation equipment
- Promoting urinary and bowel elimination.
- Heat and cold applications
- Assisting with Medications
Promoting comfort, rest, and sleep
- Admitting a person to a facility.
Measuring vital signs
- Measuring height and weight.
- Measuring body temperature.
- Monitoring pulse and respirations.
- Being familiar with differing types of equipment.
- Reporting and recording vital signs.
Assisting with oxygen needs
- Safe use of oxygen.
- Recognizing oxygen concentrators, tanks (compressed oxygen) and liquid oxygen.
- Dealing with oxygen tubing.
- Application of agency policies and procedures.
- Assessing the home for safety risks (for client and caregiver).
- Fire hazards and safety precautions.
- Applying principles of asepsis, safety, and organization when:
- Cleaning kitchens
- Cleaning bathrooms
- Cleaning other parts of a home
- Care and handling of laundry (including body substance protection).
- Properly disposing of incontinence products.
- Using common cleaning agents (application of WHIMS).
- Using appliances and equipment safely.
- Using body mechanics in a home environment.
- Dealing with emergencies in the home.
Specialized care for the dying client/resident in line with palliative care principles
Personal Assistance Guidelines
- Current Personal Assistance Guidelines of the Health Authority of the region.
- Procedures that are designated as delegated or assignable tasks in respect to HCA (CHW/Home Support Worker) practice.
- Assignable tasks for clients/residents who can direct own care.
- Delegated tasks for clients/residents who can direct own care.
- Delegated tasks for clients/residents unable to direct own care.
- Legal implications involved in performance.
- Healthcare professionals responsible for assigning and delegating tasks.
- Principles and rationale underlying safe and efficient performance of delegated or assigned tasks.
- Basic procedures involved in the safe, efficient performance of these tasks.
- Community resources and supports.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Safely and competently perform all course skills in the laboratory setting.
- Provide care and assistance for residents experiencing complex health challenges.
- Provide person-centered care and assistance that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual resident.
- Perform personal care skills in an organized manner ensuring the comfort and appropriate independence of the client/resident.
- Use an informed problem-solving approach to provide care and assistance that promotes the physical, psychological, social, cognitive and spiritual well-being of residents and families.
- Successfully apply problem-solving and critical thinking skills to increasingly complex situations.
- Provide personal care and assistance competently in ways that maintain safety for self and others.
- Perform the care-giver role in a reflective, responsible, accountable and professional manner within the parameters of the HCA role.
- Communicate clearly, accurately and in sensitive ways with residents and families.
- Interact with other members of the healthcare team in ways which contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
- Recognize and respond to own self-development, learning and health enhancement needs.
Course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College course evaluation policy. An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.
This is a MASTERY course. Students will receive a detailed outline of performance expectations at the beginning of the course.
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:
A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided to students at the beginning of the semester.