Course Title: Implement an oral hygiene program for older people

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4385 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Course Title: Implement an oral hygiene program for older people

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 130

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Contact: Sue Dellas Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1406

Course Contact Email: sue.fatone@rmit.edu.au



Course Description

The course describes the skills and knowledge required to promote oral health for older people. This unit applies to dental assistants and to other health care workers who are actively involved in promoting the general well-being of older patients through the promotion of healthy eating habits and good oral health.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Not Applicable



National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDEN010 Implement an oral hygiene program for older people

Elements:

1. Assess the oral health needs of an older person

2. Provide support for the maintenance of oral hygiene for older persons

3. Implement practical solutions to promote oral health

4. Maintain oral health of people in residential aged care


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Assess the oral health needs of an older person
  2. Provide support for the maintenance of oral hygiene for older persons
  3. Implement practical solutions to promote oral health
  4. Maintain oral health of people in residential aged care


Overview of Assessment

There must be evidence that the candidate has completed the following tasks: 

provided complete and appropriate information to 3 different older people and/or their carers including:

  • information regarding the prevention of oral diseases 
  • advice and demonstration of oral hygiene techniques

selected and prepared special aids for oral hygiene to assist 3 patients with limited dexterity

implemented 3 prevention programs to suit individual patient’s oral health care needs.

 

To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency.

Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.