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School: Macmillian Institute of Applied Health Sciences
Credential:Ontario College Certificate
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Location: College Campus/Online


COST: $500

OVERVEIW: The aging of Canada’s population is resulting in a growing demand for highly trained professionals who possess a holistic understanding of the aging process and the skills required to work effectively with older adults. In this program, which emphasizes the highest quality of life and wellness, you will enhance your knowledge, skills and attitudes to learn to care for aging clients. In particular, you will focus on the numerous factors and issues that impact the well-being of our aging population.

Acquire the restorative care skills and techniques needed to help clients live to their full potential with our restorative care certificate. Learn the practical skills needed to enhance independence and functional capabilities related to everyday activities such as dining, dressing, mobility and behaviour. Discover how restorative care techniques contribute to a better quality of life for your clients and a more satisfying work experience for you. This certificate involves a significant skills development component that can only be acquired through active participation and attendance, so you must attend a minimum of 80% of the classes.
Wellness, rabblement and restorative approaches are emerging as powerful ways to help older people improve their function, independence and quality of life. Program aims to reverse and/or slow ‘functional decline’ in older people and improve their wellbeing.

Program objective: to increase the care options available to older people, through a time-limited, goal-oriented, multi-disciplinary and coordinated package of services. Each care package is designed with and agreed to by the care recipient, and may be delivered in a home setting, a residential setting, or a combination of both.

Nursing scrubs must be worn in practice labs. Restorative care (rc) strives to provide residents in long term care facilities with the best quality of life possible. Rc Personnel work with residents to promote the highest level of functioning that the resident can attain. This may be achieved through walking, exercise, feeding/eating programs or through optimal communication and social interaction between recreation staff, nurses and residents.

You are best to have a diploma or degree in a health care- or social services-related field (such as personal support worker and/or activation) prior to starting this certificate.

PRE-REQUISITESBasic English Proficiency: Degree in a health care- or social services-related
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) OR
Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading OR Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older)
You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate.
Training Topics
Effective communication
Specific exercise programs geared to functional mobility level
Positioning, mobility, transfers
Safe and effective eating
Assessment and evaluation
Care of Clients with Neurological Conditions: Learn about common neurological conditions, including signs, symptoms and treatments. With our Care of Clients with Neurological Conditions course, explore care strategies for supporting clients living with neurological conditions and their families.

Restorative Care I  (Certificate Program:6 hrs.)
Our Restorative Care I course gives you the opportunity to acquire the theory and practical skills you need to work with elderly people with special needs. These skills include the ones you need to protect your own health while still providing effective assistance to your clients. Observe and practice techniques while focusing on medical conditions and their impacts on seniors’ lives.

Restorative Care II   $  1200 (45 Hrs.) PRE-REQUISITE  Restorative care 1 Our Restorative Care II course helps you acquire the restorative care skills and techniques you need to ensure that your clients/residents have a better quality of life. Learn practical skills you can use to enhance their independence, functional capabilities (such as dining, dressing and moving about) and behavior.

Specializing in Stroke Care
Our Specializing in Stroke Care course helps you acquire the knowledge and skills used in stroke care. Learn how to provide care that helps stroke survivors diminish the impact of a stroke. Discover techniques that promote a better quality of life for stroke survivors living in the community and long-term care homes.

Training topics are covered under the following headings:

COMPLEX FAMILY DYNAMICS: The dynamics of family life is a complex subject. It draws insights from academic fields such as; gerontology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, medicine, theology – and also from personal experience. This course serves as an introduction to elements of family dynamics related to the complexities of aging. It offers student’s knowledge and effective approaches to apply both professionally and personally with the elderly and their family members.

Aging Introduction
Physiology of Aging
Assessment & Planning for the Aging Adult

COMMUNICATION & HEALTH PROMOTION: A component of the Gerontology Certificate Program. This course emphasizes? Information exchange? When promoting health for the older adult. The course aims to explore key communication skills required for effective information exchange with this unique population, and provides specific strategies to communicating with older adults with altered cognitive or sensory abilities.

ASSESSMENT & PLANNING FOR THE AGING ADULT This course will provide a focus on assessment and planning for the psychosocial and spiritual needs of the aging individual with special attention given to understanding aging in Canada; personality development; self-perception and self-concept; communication skills required for an older clientele; verbal and non-verbal communication techniques plus cultural variables.

CASE MANAGEMENT FOR ELDER ISSUES Topics include: elder focused care promoting trust, resources, finances, cultural issues and family dynamics in order to meet the clients’ physical, social and emotional needs. A case study approach will be utilized.

RESTORATIVE CARE IN A LONG -TERM CARE SETTING  $ 1700( 2 semester -6 months) This course is designed to enable students to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of restorative care in a long-term setting, including its design, implementation and evaluation. The course will examine approaches to aid in the development, implementation and/or supervision of a restorative care program in a long term care facility. Topics will include physical restorative care and normalization activities.

DEMENTIA CARE OVERVIEW You will explore normal aging versus dementia, including secondary influences and a focus on assessment and diagnosis. The main emphasis of this course will be on philosophy of care, i.e. providing a holistic model of care in the existing medical model. Other topics include appropriate physical and emotional environment, the effects of disease on caregivers, and clients, the family unit, the role of research in care giving, and continuing education.

PHYSIOLOGY OF AGING This course studies the physiology of human growth, development and aging is examined with special reference to the influence of diet, environment, exercise and disease on the normal processes.

AGING INTRODUCTION This course is intended for individuals involved with the elderly through work or volunteer experience and offers formal studies in aging. This course is an introduction to the study of aging and provides a survey of the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of aging. Is also an elective course for the Dementia Studies – Multidiscipline graduate certificate program.

ORIENTATION TO PALLIATIVE CARE This course will provide an overview of Palliative Care and coping with death, dying and grief. The focus is to provide you with a review of core concepts of Palliative Care, the interdisciplinary team, hospice care, current approaches to care, and roles, issues and expectations of those working in Palliative Care. Identify what resources are available and discuss home care vs. institutional care.

Thanatology (also known as grief or compassionate counselling) is the scientific study of how to cope with tragedies, death and dying. The certificate in Thanatology aims to promote awareness and understanding of death and how it affects individuals, whether the death is a result of a long-standing chronic illness, an acute condition, or a traumatic incident.

Courses in the program focus on grief and bereavement issues, communication strategies and religious philosophies of dying and death from the perspective of both the dying and bereaved. Graduates of this unique program will have the skills and preparation to better understand, support and care for those facing or coping with death.

LEARNING FROM DEATH AND DYING It is strongly recommended that students take all courses in the program prior to registering in Learning From Death and Dying. In this capstone course, students integrate learning from other courses in the program to develop an understanding of the role of death and dying, grief and bereavement in modern society. Inspirational readings and personal narratives offer practical insight and powerful life lessons that will assist students of thanatology in providing support to individuals facing or coping with death and will better prepare them to confront their own mortality.

PALLIATIVE CARE COMMUNICATION This course will focus on communication with the terminally ill patient and their families. Topics include: basic process and steps of effective communication, factors influencing personal and cultural attitudes in communication, identifying basic verbal and non-verbal communication, techniques used to establish a trusting relationship and how to identify ineffective communication. S

THANATOLOGY INTRODUCTION This course introduces students to thanatology; the study of death and dying. Students will develop an understanding of the broad, interdisciplinary nature of thanatology and will explore personal attitudes and experiences of death. Current issues and topics in thanatology such as near death experiences, death in the arts and media and the business of the funeral industry will also be explored.

COMFORT MEASURES The focus will be on comfort measures for the terminally ill patient. There will be an emphasis placed on promoting a realistic independence for the client based on his/her support systems.

COPING WITH DEATH: COUNSELLING, SUPPORT GROUPS AND ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES This course introduces various coping strategies for individuals experiencing grief and loss. Students examine the mourning process; they survey different counselling theories and approaches and identify groups and organizations dedicated to grief and bereavement issues. In addition, emerging trends such as art therapy, journaling and online communities are presented.

ETHICAL, LEGAL & SPIRITUAL CONCERNS This course will explore attitudes towards death and the death rituals and ceremonies of world religious traditions including Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. Students will also explore the religious attitudes and beliefs concerning immortality and life after death.

MOURNING, GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT: REACTIONS AND RESPONSES TO DEATH This course examines reactions and responses to death from a variety of perspectives. Students compare anticipated responses to death as determined by an individual’s relationship to the deceased. Other factors influencing the grief response such as age, gender and manner of death are also considered.

ORIENTATION TO PALLIATIVE CARE This course will provide an overview of Palliative Care and coping with death, dying and grief. The focus is to provide you with a review of core concepts of Palliative Care, the interdisciplinary team, hospice care, current approaches to care, and roles, issues and expectations of those working in Palliative Care. Identify what resources are available and discuss home care vs. institutional care.

Delivery Options:
Online – Asynchronous: ​100% online delivery with no assigned day or time requirements, independent course completion
Online – Synchronous: 100% online delivery with scheduled day and time course requirements
Hybrid: any combination of: in person, timetabled, on campus, online, and hybrid delivery

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