Course Title: Support older people to maintain their independence

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

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

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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:

1.1 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


2.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


3.Support the older person to maintain 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


4.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

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

In this course you will develop the knowledge and skills required by the worker to support the older person to maintain their independence with activities of living. Students will develop an understanding of the sector, the values and philosophy that underpins the work that is done, learn how to maintain the standards required, and reflect on practice within the sector. There will be individual and group activities during classes, field visits and guest speakers. The Certificate III Aged Care includes two field placements with a total of 130 hours across the whole program and the knowledge and skills you gain in this course will be developed further through placement.

Teaching Schedule

1.The care planning process and the aged care worker role in it – community and residential aged care contexts
2.Use of equipment and aids to promote independence/ Community Aged care worker or PCA role

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

During sessions you will be  directed to industry sources of information and provided with a workbook to complete throughout the course. You will also be directed to other learning materials and websites if required.

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

There are three assessment tasks associated with this unit. These assessment tasks are:


1. case syudy

2. field trip questions

3. placement questions

Assessment Matrix

A detailed matrix will be available from the teacher

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

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It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Applying for Special Consideration
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b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
c) You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).
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Plagiarism Software
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