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HCAT 125 - Healing 2: Caring for Individuals Experiencing
Cognitive or Mental Challenges

This course builds on content from other courses to assist students to explore concepts and caregiving approaches that will allow them to work effectively with individuals experiencing cognitive or mental challenges. Emphasis is on supporting clients with dementia, recognizing responsive behaviours and identifying person-centered intervention strategies.

 

Hours: 60 (Lecture Hours: 60)

 

Total Weeks: 9

 

Prerequisites:

None

 

Non-Course Prerequisites:
None

 

Co-requisites:
HCAT 110 Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges
HCAT 111 Health 2: Lifestyle and Choices
HCAT 112 Health 1: Interpersonal Communications
HCAT 113 Health Care Assistant: Introduction to Practice
HCAT 123 Healing 1: Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges
HCAT 124 Healing 3: Personal Care and Assistance
HCAT 126 Practice Experience in Home Support and/or Assisted Living

HCAT 127 Practice Experience in Multi-Level and/or Complex Care

 

Course Content:
Cognitive Challenges in Older Adulthood:
- Confusion and dementia
- Common causes of reversible changes in mental functioning
- Primary forms of irreversible dementia:
     Alzheimer’s disease
     Other dementias
- Forms and causes of various dementias – pathology, processes and characteristics
- Philosophies and models of care
- Importance of life review in care of individuals with dementia
- Stages of dementia and common behavioural manifestations and unique responses
- Responsive behaviours – factors influencing behaviours (e.g. “triggers”)
- Importance of environment in relation to behaviours
- Strategies for working with individuals exhibiting responsive behaviours
- Appropriate activities for individuals experiencing differing levels of dementia
- Working effectively with individuals experiencing early, moderate or severe dementia
- Supporting family members
- Caregiver needs and support
Abuse:
- Types of abuse/abusive relationships
- Cycle of abuse
- Recognizing signs of abuse
- Assessing situations and individuals
- Responding to or preventing abuse, disruptive or out-of-control behaviour
- Knowing when to exit a potentially unsafe situation
Mental Health Challenges:
- Causes and common treatment of mental health challenges
- Common mental health disorders:
     Anxiety disorders
     Affective or mood disorders
     Schizophrenia
     Personality disorders
     Substance abuse disorders
     Dual or multi-diagnoses
- Stigma associated with mental health challenges
- Cultural differences in perceptions of mental health challenges
- Caring for the person and family:
     Principles and approaches used to plan and implement effective care
     Person-centred care
     When and what to report
- Suicide risks and prevention

 

 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the learners will be able to:
Describe ways to organize, administer and evaluate person-centred care and assistance for clients/residents experiencing cognitive health challenges:
- Use an informed problem-solving process when caring for individuals experiencing cognitive health challenges
- Base choices and actions on a sound understanding of the physical, cognitive and psycho-social processes of various kinds of dementia
- Base choices and actions on an understanding of environmental influences on behaviours
Describe ways to organize, administer and evaluate person-centred care and assistance for clients/residents experiencing mental health challenges:
- Use an informed problem-solving process when caring for or providing assistance for individuals experiencing mental health challenges
- Identify factors that influence the mental health and well-being of individuals
- Tailor interactions and responses based on an understanding of common mental health challenges
- Cope constructively with unanticipated or unusual situations
Demonstrate an understanding of effective approaches to disruptive or abusive behaviours:
- Describe types of abuse/abusive relationships and the cycle of abuse
- Identify behavioural indicators that an individual or group are becoming disruptive, abusive or out-of-control
- Utilize calming non-verbal techniques to prevent or de-escalate disruptive or out-of-control behaviours
- Utilize appropriate verbal techniques to prevent or de-escalate disruptive or out-of-control behaviours
- Identify and describe potentially unsafe situations

 

Grading System:  Percentage

 

Passing Grade:  75%

 

Percentage of Individual Work:  90

 

Percentage of Group Work:  10

 

Additional Comments:

- The courses in this program run concurrently.
- Some course materials must be accessed on the NLC D2L server.  A tutorial will be provided.
- Internet access is needed.
- Basic computer skills are recommended.
- Some travel may be required.
- Attendance schedules may vary.

 

Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.
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