Course Title: Support older people to maintain their independence

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C3262

Course Title: Support older people to maintain their independence

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 20.0

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 Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term1 2012,
Term2 2012

Course Contact: Susan Russell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254637

Course Contact Email:

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.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Not Applicable

National Competency Codes and Titles

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.

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

Support the older person who is experiencing loss and grief.

Support the older person with their activities of living

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.

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.