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Care and management of Elderly (Social Gerontology)


Course Objective:

Worldwide, demography is changing. In virtually every country there is a steady increase in the proportion of elderly people in the population. Advanced technology and the availability of new were not possible even two or three decades ago. Health care reforms have had to take into account the resourcing of services to meet the health care needs of the increasing number of emerged and become a recognized sphere of specialist knowledge and practice, which is increasingly research-based. Gerontology is considered to be both an art and a science. It has often been viewed with negativism and pessimism and some of the myths and stereotyping associated with the older person still persist. Only education and a general rising of awareness in the public as well as in health care professionals, of the rich and diverse contribution which many older people make to society can help dispel these myths and foster a positive and holistic approach to their care. The Diploma course therefore is geared to providing an opportunity for such people to have completed “A” Level and the Certificate course with knowledge in business that will enable them to be employed gainfully. It can be also be an avenue for academic growth where people without the minimum 2 principles passes to enter the University can join on passing the Diploma program and those who don’t have enough Income to join the Degree programs directly.

A gerontological Caregiver is one who works predominantly with older people, providing nursing care, as a full member of the multidisciplinary health and social care team, in a variety of settings where older people are cared for.
The philosophy which underpins the provision of quality gerontological care is a commitment to the belief:
• that all people, regardless of age, ability, culture, class and creed have the right to equal and equitable care throughout their lives and in no circumstances should a prejudice or bias alienate them from their rights;
• that ageing is a process separate from disease, a process which, for the majority of people, is a developmental stage of life to be enjoyed in health with a sense of wellbeing and feeling of contentment;
• that by promoting self-awareness, identifying negative attitudes and providing positive role models, gerontological caregivers can contribute to the reduction of such attitudes and biases;
• that successful ageing can be enhanced by the provision of appropriate health promotion and health education;
• that in ill health, whether physical or psychological, the older person must be provided with a high quality of holistic care, which in many cases will involve the gerontological caregiver in working in a cooperative and collegiate manner with members of the multidisciplinary team.
This curriculum aims to prepare gerontological caregivers who support this philosophy and are able to meet the complex needs of the older person who is in their care.

A Geriatric Care Manager (GMC) is a health and human services specialist trained in any number of fields related to elder care including, but not limited to: nursing, mental health, rehabilitation, gerontology, social work, and psychology.

Course objectives

Embark on a rewarding career of helping the elderly!
Want a career that can really make a difference in the community? This vocational training course can train you to work in the field of aged care.
With Uganda’s ageing population, this sector of community services will require more and more people in the future.
This course will train you to look after an older person’s care needs, support their individual health and wellbeing, follow safety procedures for direct care work and work effectively with the elderly. Participants will be equipped with the practical information from taking care of elderly individuals’ daily personal hygiene routines to developing solutions to medical emergency situations.
Caring for a senior or elderly relative or friend or client may be one of the most gratifying and rewarding experiences of a lifetime, but is one that may also be filled with frustration, physical and mental weariness, and at times, resentment. Understanding the challenges and responsibilities of elder care, learning how to deal with day-to-day challenges and providing a safe and senior-friendly environment to loved ones is essential in the care giving process. Encouraging seniors to stick to medication schedules, preventing dehydration and providing proper hygiene are essential in long-term care scenarios.
Learning how to safely transfer seniors in a variety of scenarios while at the same time protecting the caregiver are essential. Caring for seniors in a home environment also means providing care for the caregiver. Time-outs, support, dealing with difficult family members as well as the emotional, physical and mental strains of care giving are addressed in this course.
Dealing with behavior problems such as aggression is also discussed, as are recognizing and preventing situations of senior abuse. Learning how to identify the warning signs of senior abuse and dealing with feelings of anger, resentment and stress are addressed in this course, and are as important for caregivers as they are for all family members.
Finally, learning about community options for respite and end-of-life or hospice scenarios will help caregivers provide the best in effective, efficient and quality home care for seniors.
With such extensive training and a compulsory work placement component, this course will give you the necessary foundations to embark on a care-giving career.


Upon completion of the Geriatric Care Management Graduate Certificate students will be able to:
Apply general principles and knowledge necessary to integrate theory into the practice of care coordination and management
Demonstrate the ability to assess and identify client strengths, needs, concern, and preferences and establish goals and a comprehensive plan of care
Coordinate services and interventions by referring, educating, negotiating, and mediating with client formal and informal providers in order to meet goals of a care plan
Perform ongoing monitoring and reassessment of client status and satisfaction with service in order to evaluate progress toward goal achievement
Exercise sound professional judgment based on ethical standards and expectations of the field including advocacy for client autonomy, professional accountability, and peer review
Demonstrate the ability to conduct and/or evaluate appropriate research on effective case management techniques for provision of services to aging clients and their families.

Upon completion of this program graduates will have the expanded knowledge required for either developing their own private practice Professional Geriatric Care Management Business or advancing their career in management of Long Term Care Facilities, Home Health Care or Public Service Agencies. The program is also designed to meet the educational requirements for those seeking to become a Certified Geriatric Care Manager through the International Commission on Health Care Certification.

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