Parttime Classroom Health and welfare

Healthcare Support – Care of the Older Person- WX (Thursday)

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to meet the full range of needs of older people in a variety of care settings.

Target Award

QQI Healthcare Support – 5M4339

Start Date: 29-08-2024 Hours/week: 06 Hrs 00 Mins Duration: 8 weeks


Day Mornings Afternoons Evenings
Education Requirements
NFQ Level 4 or equivalent when accessing a Level 5 programme.
CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English
Mature learner entry requirements available via the local ETB pathway
Additional requirements may apply to non-EU/EEA Applicants and may be subject to full international fees (Please refer to Information for International Learners)
*Each provider may have additional requirements, not outlined above.

Age Requirements
Minimum statutory school leaving age (16+)

Learning Aptitude
Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.

Previous Experience
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a moderate range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course, be able to work with responsibility and demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative.

Module Award Body
Care Of The Older Person (Community) Care of the Older Person (5N2706) QQI
Learning Outcomes:
1 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
2 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
3 Examine a range of concepts and practices to include preparation for retirement and the ethnic and cultural influences on the older person
4 Explore a range of older people’s needs to include physical, social, emotional, psychological, 2 recreational, financial, environmental and spiritual needs
5 Summarise the role of the health care assistant in providing care for older people
6 Discuss the issues related to an older person with mental illness or dementia and of living with chronic illness
7 Recognise the individual needs of the dying older person and their families
8 Summarise the range of the care settings for older people and the members of the healthcare team available in each care setting
9 Explore a range of specific services that are available for older people to include education, lifelong learning, retirement/the workplace and leisure
10 Analyse current approaches towards developing quality in the provision of services for older people and their families to include standards and quality assurance
11 Employ effective communication with the older person, their family and the multi disciplinary team
12 Adapt care and practices to meet the needs of older people with cognitive and sensory impairment and physical disabilities
13 Exercise duties in a way that is respectful to the person’s body after death
14 Promote a range of aspects of care for the older person to include empowerment, advocacy, independence, individualised care, dignity, respect, choice, self esteem and include family and carers as partners in care
15 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.


Wexford College of FET


Whitemill Industrial Estate, Clonard Road, Wexford, Y35 XR22


  • Free Parking
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Full Canteen
  • Tea/Coffee Making

Contact Details

Course Contact:
Susan Neville