The Continuing Care Assistant program allows you to make a difference in someone's life everyday. This program is a one-year certificate program.
If you enjoy caring for others the Continuing Care Assistant program might be right for you. You'll work directly with clients in long-term care, home care, assisted living, and even special needs classrooms. You will help them with mobility, personal care, assisting them to eat their meals and medication monitoring. Your clinical work experiences will give you a taste of different work settings and offer you a strong foundation as a health care support staff.
You will build knowledge and skills related to:
- application of long-term care philosophy in different settings
- addressing individual psychosocial needs
- dementia management strategies
- gerontology (a major area of study)
- administering personal care
- promoting independence in a safe environment
- working with individuals with different physical and cognitive impairments
- working with people of different cultures
Tuition includes books, health insurance and mandatory fees.
Application Fee: $140
Students must be able to travel to 2 clinical placements each academic year. Each placement is approximately 20 days. Placements are typically located in Meadow Lake.
Meadow Lake Campus
Sep 5th, 2023 - Apr 26th, 2024 Full-time
- Grade 12
- English Language requirement
- Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search
- Standard First Aid and CPR Heartsaver AED - Level C or equivalent
- 2015 WHMIS
- A complete record of your immunizations and lab results. IF you were born outside of Canada OR you are unable to obtain your childhood immunization records (ie: records destroyed, born in another province etc.) please ask for the following blood tests:
- Hepatitis B Surface Antibody (NOT Hep B Antigen)
- Varicella Zoster IgG (NOT IgM)
- Measles IgG
- Mumps IgG
- Rubella IgG
- Based on the results of the Bloodwork, the vaccinations required will be determined by Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Your blood work is used as a baseline to determine what vaccinations you will require.
**Minimum overall average 6.5 for IELTS-academic, and 105 for Duolingo
Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission.
A criminal record check, vulnerable sector search, first aid certificate and WHMIS will be required, at students cost.
You will receive a basic introduction to body systems. You will study the structure of organs and systems in the human body, and how they function efficiently.
Clinical 1 - Special Care
In a long term care setting, you will participate in a supervised clinical experience following the hours of work of that site. You will assist clients who require personal care/comfort.
You will develop employability skills through the study of interpersonal communications theory and applications in the workplace. Learning outcomes include the importance of self-awareness and self-esteem, perception problems, verbal and nonverbal messages, listening skills, creating positive communication climates and resolving interpersonal conflict.
You will study the types, behaviors and assessment techniques for dementia. You will learn how to promote optimal levels of functioning throughout the disease progression and manage critical incidents. Issues related to institutional care placement and the impact dementia has on the family will be examined.
Observing, Reporting, and Recording
You will learn written and oral communication skills required in the work place. The course content includes basic concepts of simple arithmetic, basic medical terminology, concept mapping, observing and reporting on client’s status, client and personal work plans.
Personal Care 1
You will have the opportunity to become skilled at assisting clients in meeting personal care needs. You will study infection control, body mechanics, bed making, positioning clients, range of motion, oral care, and assisting to feed clients.
Personal Care 2
Building on the skills you learned in Personal Care 1, you will become skilled at assisting clients in meeting personal care needs. You will study grooming and dressing, foot and nail care, and elimination care.
Your studies will focus on the goals and philosophy of Health Care Services in Saskatchewan. You will learn how these goals are reflected in the activities of the agency and on your role as a caregiver. You will learn about your role in providing care services within a multicultural dynamic setting. The course content also includes interprofessional work environments, personal health, employability skills, and types of abuse (for example: caregiver, neglect and abandonment, sexual and financial).
Clinical 2 - Special Care
In a long term care setting, you will participate in a supervised clinical experience following the hours of work of that clinical site. You will provide care for clients who require assistance with activities of daily living.
You will utilize a communication framework to facilitate a helping relationship with your clients.
Human Growth and Development
You will learn the physical, social, intellectual and emotional aspects of human growth and development from infancy to old age. You will also study the effects of aging on society.
End of Life Care
Your studies will cover death and dying in the Canadian context. You will study the basic needs and interventions of the dying client. You will also cover grief, the grieving process and the impact of life threatening illnesses on the family members.
You will be introduced to the Continuing Care Assistant’s role in assisting with special procedures. You will learn about delegation and perform basic measurements and simple treatments. Client assessment will also be discussed. You will acquire the theory and skills required to assist clients who have post-acute surgical or medical conditions.
Special Needs 1
Your studies will cover the basic needs and interventions of clients with disruptions in their sensory organs, body systems (i.e. cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neurological and endocrine) and body functions (i.e. genitourinary and gastro-intestinal).
Special Needs 2
Your studies will cover the basic needs and interventions of clients with infectious diseases, cancer, altered mental abilities, disruption in mental health, alcohol dependency and drug dependency
Introduction to Caregiving
You will examine the role of the Continuing Care Assistant as part of the interprofessional team and discuss the attributes that are required to be a successful team member. Client and family-centered care will be discussed with the use of effective communication to build rapport and trust. Safe practices will be explored to ensure safety for the client and caregiver.
Culture and Diversity in Canadian Society
You will explore culture and diversity in Canada and the challenges they present. You will discuss the impacts of oppression, multiculturalism, immigration, social inequalities, and social justice at both personal and professional levels. You will discuss the historical and contemporary challenges of Indigenous peoples. You will also examine tools to foster social change and diversity competencies.
You will learn how to promote client independence in a safe home environment. Examination of community resources will help you learn how to promote socialization for seniors. Nutritional challenges and activity for seniors will be discussed as well as the employment standards for working alone in home care. This course includes a 1 day observed community exercise.