This course is available in Paper format.
Caring for the elderly is one of society’s greatest obligations. We owe a collective debt of gratitude to those who raised us, and worked hard on our behalf. With an increasingly ageing population in the UK, and around the world, it is imperative that more people take an interest in caring for older people and get involved in the care sector. This distance learning course aims to introduce learners to some of the key topics around delivering the highest possible care, with the intention of preparing them for further study, or a possible future job role.
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Caring for the Elderly
Course code: MNH31
Delivery method: Paper Based
Course duration: 12 Months
Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed
Award achieved: ABC Awards and Certa Award Certificate of achievement at QLS Level 3
This course is designed to allow learners to:
- Work within the Care Quality Commission guidelines with knowledge of all relevant legislation;
- Develop positive relationships with elderly members of the community to provide high-quality care;
- Provide person-centred care in a way that looks after the health, safety and welfare of individuals;
- Recognise specific conditions and the associated care needs of the individual.
Unit 1: Health and Social Care
- The Care Quality Commission
- Types of care available to the elderly
- Roles of workers within health and social care
Unit 2: Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults
- Safeguarding of vulnerable adults (SOVA)
- Categories of abuse
- Procedure in circumstances where abuse is suspected
- Legislation: the Data Protection Act
- The Human Rights Act
- Equality and Diversity
Unit 3: Enhancing Relationships
- Principles of person-centred care
- Care planning
- Record keeping
- Verbal communication
- Non-verbal communication
Unit 4: Health and Safety
- Health and Safety Legislation (1974)
- Risk assessment
- COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health)
- Cleaning agents and chemicals
- Bodily fluids
- Administering and storing medication
- Moving and handling
- Transferring service users
- Infection control
Unit 5: Management of Dementia and End of Life Care
- Signs of malnutrition
- Types of dementia
- Diagnosing dementia
- Support services
- Difficulties particular to dementia
- Activities that help people with dementia
- The Mental Capacity Act
- Deprivation of Liberties Act
- End of life care
- Gold Standards Framework
Unit 6: Common Conditions in the Elderly
- Care of the skin
- Prevention of pressure sores
- Congestive heart failure
- High blood pressure
- Lung disease
- Problems with valves
At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).
The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.
The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.
The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.
The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.
Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.
*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales
Paper Based Version
The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.
You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.
Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.
The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.
This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.
You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course and will assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.