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Institutional and Home Care Assistance (English) – 5858

Program Objectives 

The Institutional and Home Care Assistance – 5858 program prepares students for the trade or occupation of patient service associate and home support worker in the health and social services sector.
This profession aims to provide care and assistance in public, private and community health care networks to persons of all ages who are sick or who have physical, psychological, or psychosocial disabilities. The rationale of this occupation is to provide aid to patients so that they may recover or maintain their autonomy and overall health condition.

This program is taught in English. To see the French course description, go to Assistance à la personne en établissement et à domicile (5358).



To be admitted to this curriculum, student must meet one of the following conditions:

  • Secondary V diploma or its recognized equivalent OR
  • Be at least 16 years old on the 30th of September of the school year and pass the third secondary units in first and second language, as well as in mathematics according to the programs established by the Minister OR
  • Be at least 18 years old when entering the program and have the following prerequisites: past a general development test and the FRA3103-1 (FRA3051-1) language test or recognition of equivalent learning.
  • Pass the College admission test.
This vocational program leads to a DEP (diplôme d'études professionnelles) recognized by the Ministry of Education (Permit 528500).
This program is offered in English or French.

Program Courses

751-702 - The Occupation and the Training Process

Information on the profession. Information on the training project. Assessment of the choice of career guidance. The professional behaviors to adopt. The importance of teamwork and collaboration with peers.

751-714 - Helping Relationship

Verbal and nonverbal communication. Principles and basic techniques of communication. Communication with an aphasic person or with sensory disorders. Special approach techniques for the various categories of people. Needs of the person being helped. Relationship and interaction with the person being helped and his family. Establishment of a climate of trust. Emotional balance.

751-724 - Relational Approaches

Needs of the person being helped. Relationship and interaction with the person being helped and his family. Techniques when the person demonstrates disruptive behavior. Intervention. Establishment of a climate of trust. Adaptation of the communication according to the various problems encountered.

751-734 - Needs of Clients with Physical Illnesses and Disabilities

Recognition of the observations to be made and precautions to be taken in the presence of diseases of the following groups: diseases of the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, the cardiorespiratory system, the urinary and reproductive system, the digestive system and the immune system. Recognition of observations to be made and precautions to be taken in connection with alterations of the sensory system.

751-745 - Activities of Daily Living

Needs of the person being helped. Relationship and interaction with the person being helped. Establishment of a climate of trust with the person being helped and his family. Communication with a person with cognitive impairment, aphasia or sensory disorders. Practical training activities in the workplace with a home-based clientele (internship).

751-752 - Prevention of Infections and Contamination

Clinical manifestations of inflammation or infection. Modes of transmission of the infection. Cycle of the infection. Protocols. Basic practices to prevent and control infections and additional precautions. Handling contaminated material. Efficient and safe cleaning of equipment.

751-768 - Basic Daily Care Procedures

Planning interventions considering the work situation. Establishment of an order of priorities. Handling various equipment to move, position, wash or feed a person. Maneuvers to be performed according to the physical and cognitive state of the person. Basic principles ensuring the safety of the person assisted and the assistant to the person. Safe and quality care at home, in a substitute environment and in a care setting. Communication of observations to the clinical team.

751-772 - Situations Involving Risk

Observation and recognition of a potential risk situation. Care in a small space or with inadequate equipment. Prevention of safety and health hazards. Intervention with a person in a crisis episode or aggressive behavior.

751-787 - Care in the Home or Alternative Living Environments 105 hours

Practical training activities in the workplace with a clientele at home or in a substitute living environment (internship).

751-794 - Family, Social and Cultural Contexts

Family context. Sociocultural particularities. Signs of abuse. Manifestations of dependency. Clues of a problematic situation. Intervention in a problematic situation. Collaboration with the clinical team in place to establish the best intervention strategies adapted to the situations encountered with the person.

751-802 - End-of-Life Care

Assisting care and comfort appropriate to the person's condition in palliative and end-of-life care. Needs of the at the end of life person and those close to him. Helping relationship. Professional behavior and ethical approach in palliative and end-of-life care. Collaboration within an interdisciplinary team for the well-being of people in palliative and end-of-life care and their loved ones. Post-mortem care.

751-813 - Medications and Basic Invasive Care

Intervention. At risk situations. Administration of drugs. Invasive care for the activities of daily living. Communication of observations to the clinical team.

751-824 - Care Related to the Client's Clinical Reality

Assistance care related to the clinical reality of the clientele. Measurement of ingesta and excreta. Unregulated activities. Communication of observations to the clinical team.

751-832 - First Aid

General procedure of intervention in emergency situation. Application of the first aid procedure in cases of changes in consciousness, bleeding, allergic reaction, medical problems, fractures, wounds. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedure.

751-845 - Short-Term Assistive Care

Practical training activities in the workplace with people in healthcare institutions (internship).

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