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Health Care Aide Diploma Program Brandon

Provide care to those who need it most as a Health Care Aide.

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The demand for Health Care Aides and Health Care providers is strong throughout Canada due to aging and population growth. Health Care Aides provide important assistance to a wide variety of patients including the elderly, injured or disabled persons who require support and care.  Health Care Aides work in hospitals, supportive care facilities, and assisted living housing facilities.

Program Overview

The Robertson College Brandon Health Care Aide program will help you develop the skills and core competencies of a Health Care Aide. You will learn to:

  • Recognize abuse and care for the mental, emotional and physical well-being of your clients
  • Assist with the personal care and hygiene of your clients
  • Prepare meals and manage household activities
  • Help clients dealing with mental health or cognitive impairment
  • Recognize and assist with developmental disabilities, confusion, delirium, dementia and mental health illnesses
  • Promote client well-being in a palliative care setting
  • Transfer clients by using proper transfer and mobility techniques
  • Care for and prevent various types of wounds, infections, and complications
  • Effectively communicate with your clients and their family members
  • Navigate around the health care system and become familiar with different workplace settings

In addition, the program will also help you understand the goals and main responsibilities of the support worker. You will learn about the principles of health care ethics and legislation including your client’s rights as well as your rights as a care provider.

Careers

With the number of Manitobans aged 65 and older projected to double by the year 2038, there is an increased demand now for Health Care Aides and Home Care services.

Upon successful completion, graduates of this program will qualify for in-demand positions such as Health Care Aide, Home Care Attendant or Personal Support Worker. Graduates will be eligible for employment in hospitals, long-term care facilities, personal care homes, home care and community settings.

Related reading:

The Future of Home Care in Manitoba [Report from the Government of Manitoba Health, Seniors, and Active Living released February 2017]

Duties of a Home Care Provider

Topics of Study

Abuse/Caring for the Individual - 25 hours

Introduces students to the concepts of family violence and abuse. Students learn to recognize possible signs of abuse and the actions to take (including legal requirements) if abuse is suspected.

Assisting with Personal Care - 55 hours

Explores what’s involved in daily personal practices such as bathing, toileting, grooming and dressing. Students learn about urinary & fecal elimination, monitoring/observations, complications, as well as assistive devices. Further topics include measuring height, weight and vital signs as well as the preparation and care required for a patient awaiting surgery.

Basic Medical Terminology/Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Conditions - 25 hours

Explores basic medical terms by combining medical prefixes, roots and suffixes. Students also study body structure and the functions of the 11 major organ systems. As students move on to medical conditions, they learn about common diseases and disorders of the 11 organ systems.

Community Home Management/Meal Preparation - 50 hours

Develop the skills needed to assist the patient/client with their nutritional needs, dietary requirements/special diets as well as learn proper feeding techniques, household management and household activities. Students have the opportunity to prepare different dietary meals. Enteral Nutrition (tube feeding) and Intravenous Therapy is discussed along with guidelines for assisting patient/client with medications.

Computer Fundamentals - 25 hours

The Computer Fundamentals course provides you with a basic understanding of common computer applications, keyboarding skills, as well as an introduction to the Windows 7 operating system. Office applications include word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, email, browsing the Internet, and general management of files and folders.

First Aid/CPR/NVCI - 20 hours

Positions a person to perform chest compressions and the exact process for properly administering the technique, as well as mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing and how to use an AED. The emphasis in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) training is on early intervention and non-physical methods for preventing or managing disruptive behavior. Personal Safety Techniques for staff are also demonstrated and practiced.

Ethics & Legalities of the Support Worker

As part of your program, you will attain your Emergency First Aid/CPR with AED training and NVCI certifications.

Ethics & Legalities of the Support Worker - 25 hours

Explores the goal and main responsibilities of the support worker. Students are introduced to the Canadian health care system and how to manage the stress, time and other challenges faced by healthcare professionals. Students identify the principles of health care ethics and legislation including understanding the patient’s/client’s rights.

Interpersonal Communication Skills - 25 hours

Explores the importance of communication and interpersonal skills in establishing and maintaining effective relationships with the patients/clients. Familiarizes students with different workplace settings, the individuals that you work with, the care plan process and confidentiality in the workplace.

Mental Health/Cognitive Impairment - 25 hours

Introduces students to common psychiatric and mental health disorders, substance abuse and the various ways that Health Care Aides can support patients or clients living with these disorders. Students learn the differences between confusion, delirium and dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s Disease) and the mental changes that are associated with them. Other related topics include speech, language, hearing, vision disorders, developmental disabilities and the impact these conditions have on the patient and their families.

Palliative Care/Promoting Client Well Being - 25 hours

Introduces students to the concepts and techniques for promoting overall health and wellness. Topics include pain management, sleep disorders and their impact on the overall health of the patient. Students learn about the various types of wounds as well as possible complications, preventative measures and treatment options. Heat and cold therapy and the guidelines for their use and application will also be discussed. In Palliative Care, students explore ideas and theories that help better assist patients who are dying while providing support to their families.

Safety/Mobility/Infection - 50 hours

Explores best practices for patient/client safety and measures needed to protect the people in an aide’s care. Students learn proper transfer and mobility techniques used in today’s healthcare system. Time is spent in the lab practicing transfers and mobilization with use of specialized equipment. Students learn common aseptic practices, chain of infection, personal protective equipment and how the procedures can be applied in clinical practice.

Employment and Career Management - 25 hours

Prepares students to conduct a thorough employment search strategy that incorporates personal marketing, assessment of skill inventories and an understanding of the job market in the relevant industry/sector. Throughout this course, students create or improve their resume, practice interview techniques, learn networking skills and how to successfully search for career-related employment

Health Care Aide Practicum

A six week work practicum is included in this program. This practicum will give you a chance to put your newly acquired skills to work in a “real-world” environment while gaining valuable experience.

Health Care Aide Program Practicum

At the end of your program, you will participate in a 6-week work practicum. 

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