Health Care Aide
PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
|Term 1 - 16 weeks|
|HLTH1031|| Health Care Aide Roles and Responsibilities |
This course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of a health care aide working in a variety of employment settings. Learners will acquire the skills to provide person-centred care that is safe, respectful, and based on the needs of the client. To meet the goals of person-centred care, learners will become familiar with the provincial legislation that guides safe, ethical, and personalized care. In addition, they will learn to work as part of the health-care team and how to follow employers’ policies and procedures within the scope of the health care aide job description. The health care aide is responsible for identifying, managing, and preventing potential environmental hazards in facilities and community-based settings, and must focus on the safety of the client as well as their own personal safety in different settings.
|HLTH1032|| The Human Body, Health, and Chronic Illness |
This course examines the structure and functions of the systems that make up the human body and discusses the milestones of growth and development across a lifetime. Students will read about and discuss common chronic illnesses and will acquire the skills to provide safe care based on best practices according to clients’ diagnoses, needs, and care plans. Students will also learn care strategies to support the client, the client’s family, and themselves through the process of a client’s illness and death.
|HLTH1033|| Communication and Documentation in the Health-Care Environment |
Strong communication skills are an important part of being a successful health care aide, and this course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of the health care aide when communicating effectively as a member of the collaborative care team. The health-care environment requires competent digital literacy skills, including verbal, written, and electronic communication. Students will learn about professional communication with other team members, clients, and client’s families; written communication, including documentation in client records and report completion; problem-solving strategies; and how to handle conflict successfully. Techniques for communicating effectively with clients from all cultures while demonstrating cultural competence and an understanding of the diversity of individuals will be included. Communication strategies for overcoming the challenges and barriers to communication between the client and caregiver caused by disease, illness, and aging will also be discussed.
|HLTH1034|| Providing Person-Centred Care and Comfort |
Students will learn how to use individual care plans to support clients’ independence and meet their care needs, and will acquire the skills and knowledge required to help clients with daily grooming and hygiene. Students will also learn how to assist clients to walk and to use mobility aids and wheelchairs safely. They will practise methods for carrying out client lifts and transfers, with a focus on client safety and comfort. Upon completion of the course, students will have excellent baseline knowledge of the standards for meeting client nutritional needs and the strict guidelines in safe food handling as set out in the Alberta Long-Term Care Accommodation Standards.
|HLTH1550|| Health Care Aide Clinical Placement I |
Under the direction of a regulated health-care professional, learners will work in a continuing care setting such as home care, supportive living, designated supportive living (DSL), a seniors’ lodges, or group home, providing person-centred care and support for clients and their families.
|Term 2 - 16 weeks|
|HLTH2016|| Meeting Complex Care Needs |
This course builds on the foundational skills and concepts introduced in previous courses and also introduces new skills. Learners will explore advanced skills such as active and passive range-of-motion exercises, wound care, tube feeding, catheter care, ostomy care, specimen collection, and respiratory care. In addition, accurate measurement of vital signs is demonstrated, practised, and assessed. This course will also assist learners to work safely within the legal roles and responsibilities of health care aides in Alberta when providing medication assistance. This course is included in the HCA Preparation for Employment provincial standard.
|HLTH2017|| Special Activities for Clients with Various Health Conditions |
As a central feature of this course, students will learn to meet the care and comfort needs of clients with a diagnosis of dementia. They will also learn about care strategies for assisting other diverse client groups, such as clients with a mental health diagnosis and clients with developmental delays and physical disabilities. Because health care aides employed by home care agencies may be required to provide care for infants and children, as well as caring for clients living with life-limiting illness and those who require hospice, palliative, or end-of-life care, this course also provides the information and skills needed to assist with these care assignments.
|HLTH2550|| Health Care Aide Clinical Placement II |
Under the direction of a regulated health-care professional, students will work in a health-care setting, such as continuing care or acute care, providing person-centred care and support for clients and their families.
|HLTH2551|| Health Care Aide Consolidated Clinical Placement |
Under the direction of a regulated health-care professional, and paired with an unregulated health-care professional, students will work in a variety of health-care settings, such as continuing care or acute care, providing person-centred care and support for clients and their families.