This course aims to equip participants with knowledge of basic healthcare and home care such as providing oral feeding, personal grooming, and hygiene services. On course completion, participants will be able to work as Health Care Assistants (HCA) in the Community Care sector especially in the nursing homes.
This course consisted of 2 main components:
Off-The-Job/Classroom Training (120 hours) at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital (KWSH) over 17 weeks (1 full day per week)
On-The-Job Training (1600 hours) at respective nursing homes over 6 months program for staff with nursing certificate or 12 months program for staff with a non-nursing certificate.
COURSE STRUCTURE / LESSON PLAN
Off-the-Job Training (Total of 3 modules)
Basic Health Care
This module aims to equip participants with the knowledge on how to measure and record height and weight of patients, body temperature, radial pulse, and respiration, blood pressure, perform handwashing, do a blood test for glucose, test urine, instill eye drops/ eye ointment/ ear drops/ nose drops on patients and instruct patients on their uses, handle body fluids, collect specimens, orientate patients to healthcare facilities, handle telephone calls and complaints, attend to enquires and requests, assist doctors in physical examinations, turn/ move/ transfer/ ambulate patients, give oxygen therapy, assist in giving nebulizer treatment, render first aid in emergencies, change dressing/ dress cuts and wounds, apply bandages and perform adult one-man CPR.
Home & In-patient Care
This module aims to equip participants with the knowledge on how to perform oral hygiene, take and record observations of urine outputs, etc, provide grooming needs, bathe patients or assist them in baths, perform bed bathing, perform dressing and undressing of patients, provide skincare and foot care, assist patients in the use of mobility devices, perform urinary catheter and drainage system care, serve and set up and clean up patients after meals, assist patients in eating or drinking/ feed patients, perform pressure sore preventive measures, assist patients in elimination needs, insert a laxative suppository, give a simple enema, set up and perform suctioning, perform cold/ hot compress, perform saving, answer patients’ call bells and assist in last offices.
This module aims to equip participants with the knowledge on how to prepare simple meals, administer subcutaneous insulin injections, perform gastrostomy/ Naso-gastro feeding, perform colostomy care, perform intermittent catheterization on female patients, assist with the administration of oral medication and maintain simple records of patients’ status/ medical appointments and visits.
To ensure that the participants are competent in the On-the-Job training tasks, KWSH trainers will visit the participant at their workplace 2 times during their 6 months or 1-year course duration to monitor their On-the-Job (OJT) progress as well as to receive updates from the assigned preceptors. Please note that the 2 OJT site-visits are compulsory.
Nursing Aide or Health Care Assistant in the Community Care sector such as Nursing Homes, Community Hospitals, etc. Participants can look forward to employment opportunities in the Community Care sector with excellent opportunities for career advancement.
Course Fees: $3200 (excluding GST). Prevailing course fee subsidy at 90% for Singaporeans/PRs and 45% for foreign staff working in eligible community care organizations.