Caring for Elderly People - TQUK Qualification

Distance learning course with study materials, tutor support and final exam included

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Offer ends 01 September 2020
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Distance learning, self-paced
100 Hours
Level 4 Certificate
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Caring for Elderly People Level 3 Online Course. 100 Hours Certificate Course.

This accredited Level 3 Caring Elderly Care course online covers international standards of care. Unfortunately we often hear these days, of our older generation's fears and needs being ignored or misunderstood. This may happen because those involved in the care of older people have never studied Gerontology - the scientific study of old age, the aging process and the problems older people face. This course will help you develop the ability to understand the psychological problems associated with getting old, so that you can effectively counsel older people, including counselling those suffering from the early stages of dementia and other diseases. You will also be able to help relatives understand the issues, enabling them to deal with situations better.

By studying this excellent Gerontology distance learning program from home or in your work place at lunchtime for example, you will learn how to care for the well-being of elderly people and improve their quality of life in old age. This course will be of real benefit to you if you are:

  • A Home Carer
  • A Residential Home Worker
  • A Care Manager
  • A Care Provider for older people
  • An unpaid Carer of an older person
  • A son or daughter wanting to understand the issues your parents face or will face during old age
  • A Manager or someone who is responsible for organising care for the elderly in any way

Learn what happens to a person's state of mind as they age. Discover ways in which a counsellor, carer or anyone else might interact with and


Level 4 Certificate
Regulated by Ofqual

Course media


Lesson Structure: Aged Care and Counseling BPS212

There are 9 lessons:

  1. Understanding Ageing
    • Gerontology,
    • What do we mean by Ageing? Population Ageing,
    • The Effects of the Ageing Population,
    • Theories of Human Development, Erikson’s Theory of Development,
    • Levinson,
    • Theories of Retirement,
    • Disengagement Theory,
    • Activity Theory,
    • Atchley’s Model of Retirement
  2. Lifestyle Changes
    • Relationships,
    • Relationships with Children,
    • Relationships with Partners (Husband/wife),
    • Relationships with Grandchildren,
    • Friendships, Sexuality and Older People,
    • Cognitive Changes,
    • Intelligence,
    • Depression,
    • Determining Type of Depression,
    • Unipolar Disorder, Bipolar Disorder,
    • Causes of Depression,
    • Risk factors for Depression,
    • Men and Depression,
    • Depression in Older People,
    • Symptoms
  3. Deterioration of Health
    • Physical Changes Skin,
    • Hair, Height,
    • Senses,
    • Reflexes,
    • Sex, Eyes, Chronic Health Problems,
    • Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, etc.
    • Exercise, Diet, Nutrition, Eating habits, etc.
    • Pain relief, Medication, Stress.
  4. Support Services
    • Preventative Services,
    • Occupational Therapists,
    • Physiotherapists,
    • Complimentary Practitioners,
    • Counseling Professionals,
    • Other Support Services (eg. Meals on Wheels, Funeral Services)
  5. Enablement Techniques
    • Common Risks for Elderly: Risk of Falling, Vision, Hearing, Nutrition, Sexuality.
    • Techniques to maintain Quality of Life: Driving a car, banking, shopping, house cleaning, Gardening, Socialising, Pets, Exercise, Sport
  6. Grief and Loss Counseling
    • What is grief,
    • Psychological aspects of Long Term Grief:
    • Family, Work, Financial, Loneliness, Morality after bereavement,
    • Counselors Response and Intervention,
    • Practical Intervention, Depression
  7. Debilitating and Terminal Illness
    • Dementia,
    • Kinds of Dementia (Alzheimer's, Vascular Dementia);
    • Strategies for Counseling the Demented Client;
    • Communication, Daily Activities, Sleeping Difficulties, Hallucinations and Delusions, Wandering, Depression, Terminal Illness: Patients Response, Anxiety, Depression, Guilt & Anger, Defense Mechanisms.
    • Preparing for Approaching Death; Practical Preparations, Emotional Responses, Responses of Friends and Family
  8. Losing a Loved One
    • Importance of Loss,
    • Assessment,
    • Role of the Deceased,
    • Death of a Child,
    • Stigmatised Death,
    • Co-Morbidity.
    • Counseling Strategies: Bibliotherapy, Use of Rituals, Bereavement Support Groups.
    • Special Therapeutic Situations: Traumatic, Sudden, and Stigmatised Loss, Ongoing Support, Social Stigmas of Suicide
  9. Ethics and Intervention
    • Barriers to Aged Care Counseling,
    • Addressing the Client€™s Needs,
    • COMMON LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN AGED CARE: Decision Making Capacity, Competence, Informed Consent, Confidentiality, Euthanasia, etc

Who is this course for?

Counsellors, psychologists, teachers


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Career path

This accredited Level 3 Caring Elderly Care course online is also a valuable addition to your teaching, counselling, management, life-coaching, or community services qualification.

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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