Course Title: Support older people to maintain their independence

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: HWSS5571C

Course Title: Support older people to maintain their independence

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3262 - Certificate III in Aged Care

Course Contact : Susan Russell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254637

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 20

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Not Applicable

Course Description

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required by the worker to support the older person to maintai their independence with activities of living.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCAC317A Support older people to maintain their independence


Recognise and report changes in an older person's ability to undertake activities of living.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Monitor the older person's activities and environment to identify increased need for support/assistance with activities of living
2.2 Report to a supervisor the older person's inability to undertake activities of living independently
2.3 Support/assist the older person to modify or adapt the environment or activity to facilitate independence
2.4 Seek aids and/or equipment to support/assist the older person undertake activities of living independently


Support the older person to maintian an environment that  maximises independence, safety and security.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Encourage and support/assist the older person to maintain their environment
3.2 Provide support to promote security of the older person's environment
3.3 Adapt or modify the environment, in consultation with the older person, to maximise safety and comfort
3.4 Recognise hazards and address in accordance with organisation policy and protocols


Support the older person who is experiencing loss and grief.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Recognise signs that older person is experiencing grief and report to appropriate person
4.2 Use appropriate communication strategies when older person is expressing their fears and other emotions associated with loss and grief
4.3 Provide older person and/or their support network with information regarding relevant support services as required


Support the older person with their activities of living

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Encourage older people to utilise support services where appropriate
1.2 Clearly explain the scope of the service to be provided to the older person and/or their advocate
1.3 Identify the needs of the older person from the service delivery plan and from consultation with a supervisor
1.4 Ensure visits and service delivery accommodate the older person's established routines and customs where possible
1.5 Perform work in a manner that acknowledges that the services are being provided in the client's own home
1.6 Provide services in a manner that enables the older person to direct the processes where appropriate
1.7 Provide support/assistance in accordance with organisation policy, protocols and procedures
1.8 Demonstrate appropriate use of equipment to support/assist the older person with activities of living within work role and responsibility

Learning Outcomes

The worker with have acquired the essential knowledge and skills to effectively perform the tasks outlined in the elements. They will understand the importance of their work role and responsibilities, the relevant policies, protocols and procedures with in the related organisation. Will have gained the confidence to practice the principles of  privacy and confidentiality, along with the principles and practises associated with providing services in a clients  own living environment. The worker will have learnt the necessity and importance of community engagement and ability to undertake instrumental activities of living for older people, to monitor older peoples ability to undertake instrumental activities of living and providing support/assistance in accordance with service delivery plan.They will be able to recognise the safety and security risks associated with ageing, using appropriate strategies for minimising hazards in the older persons environment. To recognise stages of loss and grief and the impact of ageing on persons experiences of loss and grief.

Details of Learning Activities

Learners will participate in class room discussions, problem solving within individual and team groups. They will be encouraged to express their concerns and ideas both negative and positive. They will participate in role play scenarios in a simulated environment within the frame work of expected outcomes and discuss the reality of the outcomes via their own/trainers experience with in the appropriate work environment. They will participate in questionnaires, case studies and practical placement. All within the contents of this unit.

Teaching Schedule

The teaching schedule is designed in a time table format, outlining the specific elements linked to specific units that will be taught on the said session and double up as a lesson plan. Scenarios, case studies, questionnaires, role plays, viewing DVDs and class discussions will be designed using the appropriate contents matching up with the performance criteria. As this unit is quite intense it is suggested that all learners attend each session, and is presented in a manner to cater for all individuals own learning strategy.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning resources are provided via booklets created to cover the essential information referring to the unit applied and are supplied to all learners attending the program. Updated handouts are also given to all students and frequent face to face discussion re dvd’s that may be viewed.

Overview of Assessment

Assessments will take place in an aged care facility under the supervision of a trained staff member who will need to sign off on a check list provided by the trainer. The worker needs to be able to implement strategies to up hold the older persons independence in a practical environment. They will also participate  in role plays within the class room and hand in written case studies and questionnaires.

Assessment Tasks

A leaner must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit. Assessments methods have been designed to achieve the competencies of this unit in a flexible manner and over a range of assessment tasks. Learners will participate in 100 hours of practical placement to demonstrate their essential knowledge and skills to meet the competencies and expected outcomes of this unit. Students will need to complete a practical placement competency matrix, signed and witnessed by the appropriate authorities to ensure the ability to perform their expected tasks meet the criteria of competencies for this unit.

Assessment Matrix

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