Home Care Assistance

Next cohorts: September 30, 2019 and February 24, 2020

1140 hours – 38 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
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
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

Code Statement of competency Hours Credits
751-472 Determine their suitability for the occupations and the training process 30 2
751-483 Adopt a holistic approach when considering the needs of different types of clientele 45 3
751-492 Prevent infections and contamination 30 2
751-502 Adopt behaviours consistent with professional decorum and workplace ethics 30 2
751-522 Establish a helping relationship 30 2
751-532 Interact as part of a team 30 2
751-543 Consider the manifestations of physical illnesses and disabilities as well as the specific needs of affected clients 45 3
751-554 Adopt relational approaches with clients with mental health problems, cognitive deficits or intellectual disabilities 60 4
751-568 Perform basic care procedures 120 8
751-572 Administer first aid 30 2
751-581 Provide assistance to clients in palliative care 15 1
751-591 Use job search techniques 15 1
751-647 Provide basic care related to activities of daily living (ADL) 105 7
751-655 Work with clients using occupational therapy activities 75 5
751-666 Adapt their intervention to the family and social context 90 6
751-673 Perform everyday domestic activities for clients with disabilities 45 3
751-684 Consider the facility’s rules and procedures for administering medications and basic invasive care 60 4
751-698 Provide basic care and assistance in a home care setting 120 8
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