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Healthcare Support – Care of the Older Person NR

This programme module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to
meet the full and holistic needs of older people in a variety of care contexts and to develop an
awareness of the increasing needs of older people in the community today

Target Award

QQI Healthcare Support – 5M4339

Start Date: 04-09-2023Hours/week: 06 Hrs 00 MinsDuration: 10 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 Older Person Care of the Older Person (5N2706) QQI
Learners will be able to:
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 different attitudes to ageing and older people.
2. Discuss the role of the healthcare assistant in promoting positive attitudes to ageing and of
statutory and voluntary agencies in promoting the wellbeing 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 person’s needs to include physical, social, emotional, psychological,
recreational, financial, environmental and spiritual needs.
5. Explore the role of the healthcare assistant in providing care for older people.
6. Discuss the issues related to an older person living with mental illness, dementia or any
chronic illness
7. Recognise the individual needs of the dying older person and their families.
8. Summarise the range of care settings for older people and the members of the
multidisciplinary 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. Discuss 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 multidisciplinary team.
12. Adapt care practices to meet the needs of older people with cognitive and sensory
impairment and physical disabilities.
13. Examine 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 for the older person.


New Ross BTEI


Michael Street FET Centre, Michael Street, New Ross, Y34 N799

Contact Details

Course Contact:
Susan Neville