Course Profile

Course Profile: Aspects of Ageing & Age Related Physical Conditions (1 Day)
Reports highlight the poor care and support that many Older People receive in care and health settings; indignity, neglect and for some not being assisted to eat and drink. Staff disclosure indicates clearly that a major cause is the lack of awareness and poor or limited training. This course aims to provide workers with a sound base line of awareness set in a ‘human’ framework so that not only better care and support is offered, but that it is done so in a way that maximizes the person’s human rights, dignity & independence.
The course is informed by a range of guidelines, sources and legislation incl. the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers, ‘Age Equality & Discrimination in Social Care’ (SCIE); ‘Going into Hospital’ (Age UK); Alzheimer’s Society; Dept of Health; ‘Understanding your rights to Health Care’ (Age UK); Mental Capacity Act (2005); RCN. The course is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: Core 1.1; HWB 1.1
Care certificate: 3, 5, 7, 8, 9
QCF: HSC024; 026; SHC021; 023; 024; DEM 202; 204; 205; 207; 20; 9; 210; 211; 2004; 2014
The course is designed for Health Care, Support workers and others working with Older People in any setting.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • The process of ageing; social, psychological & financial changes that may impact on health
  • How the process of bereavement, depression and isolation can impact on health
  • How life style can cause illness and disease e.g. smoking, poor diet etc
  • How physical impairments may impact on health: Hearing, Sight and Mobility
  • A variety of age related conditions and the impact these may have on the person:
         - Parkinson’s disease – Diabetes - Heart and respiratory failure - Rheumatoid arthritis
         - Osteoporosis - Stroke & transient ischemic attacks - Bowel abnormalities - Urinary Tract Infections
  • What is meant by ‘quality of life’
  • Society’s attitude to ageing and how older people’s health needs may be marginalised
  • The changing care and support needs and levels of dependency
  • The role and responsibilities of the support worker including Safeguarding
  • The limitations of the role and when to refer on; to whom, where and how
  • Observation, awareness and understanding of the specific needs of the person
  • The need to value the individual plus their cultural, sexual, belief, gender identity etc
  • What is meant by Person Centred care and what this means in practice
  • How to promote and encourage independence during the ageing process
  • The use of Medication—positive and negative
  • The safety needs—the impact of change with ageing
  • The importance and relevance of Risk Assessment
Training methods utilised include: Discussion, PowerPoint Presentation, Small & large group work, Video, Handouts, Practical exercise