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Healthcare Support - Care of the Older Person - Home Help or Hospital Assistant

Course Code(s):  5M4339
QQI Award Code:  5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4339
QQI Award Code 5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This QQI Level 5 course is designed to provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to relate to and work with 'older persons' in need of care in the community. This care may be on a temporary or long term basis and will be in a variety of settings including Care Homes, Day Care Centres and the persons' own home. A QQI qualification is required by the HSE to gain employment in this sector.

What will you Study?

Care Skills 5N2270
Care Support 5N0758
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Word Processing 5N1358
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DHSXX 5M4339

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