Course Title: Support older people to maintain their independence

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: HWSS5571C

Course Title: Support older people to maintain their independence

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3304 - Certificate III in Aged Care

Course Contact : Renee Costa

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99250886

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


There are no formal pre-requisites for this course, however you will need to obtain a police check in order to participate in the practical placement and gain work in the sector as per legislative requirements.

You need knowledge of spoken English, as well as English literacy to a standard that is likely to meet workplace needs to enter the course. If you would like advice on the standard of English that is recommended for the course please contact the Course Co-ordinator via the details above.

Course Description

In this course you will study ways in which you can support an older person with their activities of living as a worker in the aged care sector, or  working with older people. In the course you will gain practical experience of working in the sector where you will develop skills in recognising and reporting changes in an older person’s ability to undertake activities of living, how to support an older person to maintain an environment that maximises independence, safety and security, and also how to support an older person who is experiencing loss and grief.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCAC317A Support older people to maintain their independence


1.Support the older person with their activities of living

Performance Criteria:

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


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

Performance Criteria:

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


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

Performance Criteria:

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


4.Support the older person who is experiencing loss and grief

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the required skills and knowledge to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in campus classrooms as well as in simulated workplace rooms that are equipped with equipment and facilities that are used in the Aged Care sector workplaces. You will receive training using current industry practices from trainers who are working in the industry. A range of educational resources are used including case studies, scenarios and practical information materials, audio visual materials, class discussions and practical demonstrations. Practical placement is an important learning activity and you will receive support, guidance and de-briefing from the trainers to maximise your learning in the work environment

Teaching Schedule

This unit will be taught alongside other relevant units. You will be required to attend the session on the dates listed below:

Thursday the 23/05/2013- 09:30 to 16:30 is a home study and you will be expected to complete work given to do at home

Wednesday the 29/05/2013 - 09:30 to 16:30

Thursday the 30/05/2013- 09:30 to 16:30

The final assessment will be conducted on Thursday 30 May.

You will be expected to engage in some homework/research activities throughout the period from 23/05/2013 to 30/05/2013
Note: If dates and times may need to change due to unforeseen circumstances every effort is made to notify in advance.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

To support delivery of this Unit you will have access to the RMIT simulated home room which provides industry standard equipment and resources. In addition you will be provided with the latest information on current memos and updates from within the industry.

Overview of Assessment

 In this course you will be assessed on the knowledge and skills that you have developed to meet the competency requirements of this course. You will complete assessments to determine your knowledge throughout the course which ensures you are equipped to perform your job role in the Aged Care sector, and the second method of assessment is where you give practical demonstrations of the tasks required in the job role for this course. These assessment tasks are conducted after you have had adequate preparation for the assessment and you will be supported throughout the assessment process. Some of the practical tasks will be done in the purpose-built facilities at RMIT; others will be done in your placement in a workplace setting.

Assessment Tasks

For this Unit you will be assessed on your skills and knowledge in a number of ways. Most of the skills you need can be developed and then demonstrated within the classroom as you communicate with your fellow students, and in addition, particular scenarios will be provided by the teacher where you can show further competence to meet the requirements of the unit.
A further check of your skills will be included as you undergo your work placement, and finally there will be a knowledge questionnaire, Final Assessment Ten at the conclusion of the teaching period (30/05/13) to finalise your demonstration of competence. 

The teacher and coordinator will prepare you throughout the program for the assessment tasks and assistance is available. 

Assessment Matrix

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