This practical course offers students the opportunity to acquire personal care and assistance skills within the parameters of the HCA role. The course is comprised of class and supervised laboratory experiences, as well as supervised practice experience in a multi-level or complex care setting. Through these experiences, students learn to integrate and apply the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they have learned in all other courses in the program. Students are provided with opportunities to develop care-giver skills that maintain and promote the comfort, safety and independence of individuals in facility contexts.
NOTE: All skills are taught in such a way that facility, community, and acute care contexts are recognized.
Problem-solving when carrying out care-giving procedures
- Planning and implementing care based on the person’s needs, the established care plan and facility/agency policies.
- Evaluating effectiveness of the procedure.
- Reporting and recording actions, results and observations.
- Responding appropriately to emergency situations.
Asepsis and Prevention of Infection
Promoting comfort, rest, and sleep
Promoting personal hygiene
Moving, positioning and transferring a client
Promoting exercise and activity
Promoting healthy nutrition and fluid intake
- Utilizing safe feeding/eating assistance techniques with individuals who are experiencing difficulty biting, chewing, and/or swallowing
Promoting urinary and bowel elimination
Methods of Instruction
Group discussion/group activities
Means of Assessment
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.
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 moderate to 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.
- 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.
- Demonstrate an understanding of interactions with other members of the healthcare team which would contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals, and successfully apply this knowledge at a beginning level.
- Recognize and respond to own self-development, learning and health enhancement needs.
HCSW 1101 + HCSW 1102 + HCSW 1103 + HCSW 1104
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system.
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.
If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.