Healthcare Support Module: Care of the Older Person (live online classes)

Course Description

This QQI Level 5 module is delivered as part of the Major Award in Healthcare Support. This 4 day module provides you with key knowledge, skills and competence for working with older people. 

This module can be offered only to the participants who are currently employed in a private healthcare organization.

Course Aim

The aim 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.

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes

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 and different attitudes to ageing and older people.
  2. Analyse the roles of the healthcare 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, including preparation for retirement and ethnic and cultural influences on older persons.
  4. Explore the physical, social, emotional, psychological, recreational, financial,environmental and spiritual needs of the older person.
  5. Summarise the role of the healthcare assistant in providing care for the elderly and vulnerable.
  6. Discuss the issues related to an older person with mental illness, dementia and/or chronic pain.
  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.
  9. Explore a range of specific services that are available for older people to include education, life-long learning, retirement/the work-place and leisure.
  10. Analyse current approaches towards developing quality in the provision of services for older people and their families, including minimum standards and quality assurance.
  11. Employ effective communication with the older person, thei rfamily and the multi-disciplinary team.
  12. Adapt practices to meet the needs of older people with cognitive and sensory impairments and/or 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 their family's and carers' inclusion as partners.
  15. Identify health promotion issues for older people and discuss the provision of therapeutic interventions to enhance the social interactions and quality of life of the older person.



  • Written Assignment - 40% weighting
  • Skills Demonstration - 60%  weighting

Exact details of how to complete all assessments will be given in advance in class.

Trainer’s Profile

Trainer Name: To be confirmed

Course Details

  • Category: QQI Healthcare Support Course (Level 5)
  • Duration: Days: 4
  • Code:5N2706
  • Provider: LHP Skillnet
  • Skillnet Members Price: €100.00
  • Unemployed: Yes
  • Accreditation: QQI
  • Award: QQI Minor award,Level 5
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      Employed / Employer in Private Healthcare sector.
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