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Supportive Care (Part-time)

Credential:
Certificate
Program Code:
1451

About the Program

The supportive care program prepares learners to assist individuals needing support to live independently in the home or community. Emphasis is placed on developing the knowledge, skills and competencies to deliver quality, safe and ethical assistance to those in need. Learners will develop a clear understanding of their role as a member of the health- care team and how they can add real value to the health-care system and positively influence the lives of others. They will learn how to communicate effectively with clients and engage in activities that support the needs and preferences of people for whom they care and their families. Theoretical foundations and practical applications of supportive care are integrated throughout the program, positioning graduates to work with stable persons requiring some predictable levels of assistance be they residing in their own home, assisted living or retirement living settings.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 2 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of the Supportive Care Program are able to work in the Home Care Industry or Retirement Homes. They also have the potential to bridge onto the PSW program at Conestoga College

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Program Outcomes

Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
FOOD1185 Food Safety Training Certification
Description: Train in-class for the Food Safety Handler's Certification. During the last two hours of the course, write the exam to become a certified food handler. Build your knowledge and improve your safe food handling skills to earn a Region of Waterloo Public Health Safety Food Handlers Wallet Card. A minimum of 70% is required to earn the certificate. Food safety training is recommended for all persons who work in institutions, retail, restaurant or wholesale food services. The fee for the course includes classroom instruction, materials and exam.
Hours: 10
Credits: 1
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CoRequisites:
Details
HEAL0100 Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
Description: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training teaches you how to defuse challenging and disruptive behavior before an incident escalates to a crisis situation. Successful implementation leads to a change in organizational culture, a change in adult professional behavior, and a change in staff relationships with both service users and stakeholders. These changes offer many benefits to your staff, your organization, and the individuals you serve.
Hours: 8
Credits: 0
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
HEAL1105 Theoretical Foundations in Supportive Care
Description: This course introduces the learner to the concepts and principles of person-centered supportive care, including the development of relevant knowledge, attitudes, skills and judgment to support clients across the lifespan and throughout transitions in health and care. The learner will develop an understanding of interprofessional collaborative practice as a member of the health-care team, within the context of providing supportive care. A theoretical focus will be placed on ensuring a person-centered approach to care and safety and effective communication skills.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
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Closed
HEAL1115 Practical Foundations in Supportive Care
Description: This course allows the learner to apply the knowledge gained from the Theoretical Foundations in Supportive Care course to become proficient with the skills required to provide supportive care. Learners will participate in experiential learning opportunities emphasizing the application of problem-solving and supportive care skills required to assist clients with routine activities of daily living. A person-centered approach, safety, and communication skills will be integrated throughout this applied learning experience.
Hours: 90
Credits: 3
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Closed
HEAL1125 Practice Imperatives for Personal Care
Description: This course introduces the learner to the roles and responsibilities of those working in a supportive care role. Relevant workplace legislation and the importance of following established policies and procedures, ethical principles, and professional boundaries in practice will be discussed. An emphasis will be placed on accountability, interpersonal skills and maintaining effective helping relationships with team members, clients and family members. Problem solving, safety, and group- and self-reflection will be incorporated as themes throughout the course, including strategies for self-care.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
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CoRequisites:
Closed
HEAL1135 Practice Integration in Supportive Care
Description: This mentored practicum course will provide the learner with opportunities to integrate theoretical concepts into practice through real-life exposures and experiences. The learner will apply and integrate knowledge, behaviour and strategies gained in previous courses into home-based and residential workplace settings. Learners will function as a member of the team under the guidance of a preceptor.
Hours: 80
Credits: 3
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Closed
HEAL1400 Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C and HCP
Description: This course is intended for health care providers (physicians, nurses, paramedics and allied healthcare providers, e.g. RT, OT, PT) and individuals in the workplace or at home. This is a comprehensive Red Cross course which covers injury preventions and care in life-threatening situations including: choking skills, rescue breathing, CPR techniques for adults, children and infants, introduction to autonomic external defibrillators, bag-valve masks, prevention of disease transmission and treatment of severe bleeding. This course also covers musculo-skeletal and soft tissue injuries, head and spine injuries, sudden medical emergencies and poisoning. Upon successful completion, a certificate from the Canadian Red Cross will be issued.
Hours: 20
Credits: 1
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Details
HEAL1810 Mental Health First Aid
Description: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved. This course aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.
Anyone can benefit from MHFA training. It is open to members of the general public. Families affected by mental health problems, teachers, health service providers, emergency workers, frontline workers who deal with the public, volunteers, human resources professionals, employers and community groups are just a few of the groups who have benefited from MHFA.
Hours: 12
Credits: 1
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Details
HEAL1895 Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA)
Description: GPA Basics is an innovative, 4-module dementia-care curriculum based on a person-centred approach to care. The curriculum is evidence-based, interactive, and practical. The program guides participants to fully understand responsive behaviours, in order to be able to respond effectively and appropriately in a workplace setting. GPA Basics also includes respectful self-protective and gentle redirection techniques for use when catastrophic behaviours do occur.
Hours: 8
Credits: 1
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Details
HEAL8030 Maximizing Safety in Community and Home Care Settings
Description: This interdisciplinary collaborative workshop is geared towards health-care and service providers that work independently in community and home care settings. The workshop will increase awareness of potential unsafe conditions and provide practical techniques and strategies to maximize safety while working in the community
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
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Closed
OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace
Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
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Details

Disclaimer

The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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Program Contact

Helen Turner, hturner@conestogac.on.ca, 519-748-5220 ext. 2169

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