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Online Courses Australia   >   Online Courses   >  Aged Care, Counselling & Community   >  Looking After the Elderly
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$449 $249

Are you currently looking after your parents or grandparents? Or do you work in the aged care industry and want to upgrade your knowledge and skills? If so, this is a perfect course for you.

"I've been taking leave to care for my sick grandparents. I wasn't expecting to find a course that could help me deal with my current situation, but when I did I was so relieved.  It's been so useful and I now feel much more prepared to deal with the coming months ahead. Thank you so much." - Vanessa

Life is unpredictable, and you never know what is around the corner.  Getting old is a fact of life and one day it will happen to all of us!  What about when you have to look after the older generation? It can be very challenging, whether they are family or not.  At OCA, we understand.  That's why our industry experts have created this aged care training course, to help prepare you for road ahead.

Industry Facts

More than one-quarter of a million people (282,000) were using residential care (permanent or respite), home care or transition care services in Australia on 30 June 2018. In addition, in 2017–18 more than 783,000 people were assisted in their home under the Commonwealth Home Support Program. This is a growing industry with considerable job opportunities across Australia. Please check with your state department for the relevant checks and permissions that may be required to work in this industry.

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Upon successful completion of this course you will receive an OCA Certificate of Achievement in Looking After the Elderly.

Career Pathways

  • Aged Care Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Funeral Services Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Diversional Therapist

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Sample Video from our Looking After the Elderly course PLUS an extract from the topic; Support older people to maintain their independence.


Welcome to the topic ‘Support Older People to Maintain their Independence’. In this topic you come to understand the knowledge and skills required to be an Aged Care Worker supporting older people to maintain their independence with activities of living.

The topic will look at how to monitor and maintain an older person’s current level of independence, and the types of supports that are appropriate to enable an older person to live as independently as possible in their own environment. We will discuss issues of safety and security when planning for independence, and finally the impact that grief and loss can have on a person and how to support this appropriately.

Section One: Independence and Support Planning

In this section will learn about

  • what independence is
  • supporting the older person with activities of living
  • support services available to older people to maintain their independence.
  • the importance of information and consultation when planning support.

What is Independence? Most people like to do things for themselves, regardless of their age. This is what we call being independent.

Independence is held as a core principal of personal identity, social participation and citizenship. Being independent makes people feel in control of their own lives.

Older people value being independent as much as the rest of the community. Older people sometimes find it hard to be independent and may require more support in order to actively participate in the activities in their life.

Being independent brings feelings of self-esteem, self-worth, achievement, and accomplishment.

Changes to independence can happen in many ways and can have different effects on people. Some people may struggle with the fact that they are no longer able to do things for themselves. They may not want to rely on others to get things done. They may even experience feelings of grief and loss as they lose their independence.

It is important that you are aware of the impact that a change in a person’s level of independence can have, and how you as an Aged Care Worker can support the person effectively so that they continue to live a full and active life, as independently as possible as they get older.

Independence includes several things:

 Maintaining our own identity

 Autonomy (i.e. making decisions)

 Relationships and social networks

 Participation, social inclusion and citizenship

 Physical capacity – Activities of Living, with or without assistance

 Information and knowledge. Independence is integral to our sense of self – who we are. Our dignity is closely related to independence.

In older people, independence can be demonstrated in several ways, including:

 Self-reliance - Being able to do things for themselves that they choose to do.

 Maintaining roles, commitments and responsibilities – for example, caring for a spouse or children

 Being socially active and participating - maintaining their social lives and making time for the things they like to do; being able to keep up with their identified interests.

If you are looking for aged care training, this is a fantastic course. If you would like to checkout our entire range of aged care training courses, click here.


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