Home Care Assistance


Next cohort: March 13, 2017

975 hours – 33 weeks

Program objectives

Home care assistance students are trained to provide basic care and services to persons of all ages who are sick or who have physical or mental disabilities on the basis of a care plan. This involves offering the basic care that they are trained to provide, helping clients carry out their everyday activities, helping them organize their living environment, ensuring clients’ safety and intervening in crisis or emergency situations. Students also learn to help clients integrate and socialize in individual or community activities. All of these tasks require establishing a relationship of trust with clients and those close to them. Home care attendants also receive training in providing care and services in the home. They help vulnerable or at-risk clientele carry out everyday domestic activities, such as preparing meals. They also advise clients on their lifestyle habits and provide parenting support, if applicable. The goal is to meet the general needs of clients, to help them compensate for their disabilities, to maintain and promote their autonomy, to accompany and support them in their daily and domestic lives, while taking into account any family or social problems that could interfere.

Admission conditions

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent
OR
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
OR
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition for equivalent learning

Program content

Statement of competency

  • Determine their suitability for the occupations and the training process
  • Adopt a holistic approach when considering the needs of different types of clientele
  • Prevent infections and contamination
  • Adopt behaviours consistent with professional decorum and workplace ethics
  • Establish a helping relationship
  • Interact as part of a team
  • Consider the manifestations of physical illnesses and disabilities as well as the specific needs of affected clients
  • Adopt relational approaches with clients with mental health problems, cognitive deficits or intellectual disabilities
  • Perform basic care procedures
  • Administer first aid
  • Provide assistance to clients in palliative care
  • Use job search techniques
  • Provide basic care related to activities of daily living (ADL)
  • Work with clients using occupational therapy activities
  • Adapt their intervention to the family and social context
  • Perform everyday domestic activities for clients with disabilities
  • Consider the facility’s rules and procedures for administering medications and basic invasive care
  • Provide basic care and assistance in a home care setting
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