Assisted Living Technician

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Assisted Living Technician
Assisted living is for the adult who needs help with everyday tasks, but desires to live somewhat independently and do not need full-time nursing care. They may require various levels of help in dressing, bathing, eating, toileting, or ambulation/transportation to other areas. Many assisted living facilities are part of retirement communities or a senior housing complex, and may be in close proximity to or even a part of a nursing home or a long-term care facility with full-time nursing care if the patient needs this level of care. The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests Assisted Living is projected to be one of the fastest growing areas for employment through 2018. Numerous job openings with excellent opportunities are expected.   

The Assisted Living Technician Program
This comprehensive program prepares students for a position as an Assisted Living Technician. Emphasis is on providing care to clients living in retirement communities or senior housing complexes where full-time care may not be required, but an understanding and professional staff is necessary to be there for them when needed. Seniors in these communities may require various levels and types assistance depending on their specific situation, needs and wants. Assisted Living Technicians are compassionate, caring and skilled healthcare professionals that provide this assistance or care for the peace of mind of both the senior population in their charge and the families who wish to see their loved ones continue to thrive in their later years. This program will ensure students are prepared to provide a variety of essential services for their clients with the compassion, sensitivity and understanding necessary to provide care when needed and independence when not. Beyond the medical training provided, this course will ensure students have full understanding of the assisted living environment. 

 

    

 

Program Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe long-term care in terms of the target populations, environment, care options, general costs, services, and regulations
  • Describe the physiological, psychological, and sociological changes related to aging
  • Describe memory care needs and options for individuals with diseases and disorders
  • Explain proper procedures for infection control in a home or residential environment
  • Explain the proper procedures for performing basic housekeeping procedures
  • Explain procedures and strategies for planning, purchasing, and serving food
  • Explain the proper procedures for  safely assisting an individual in activities of daily living
  • Explain procedures for preventing fluid overload and dehydration
  • Explain proper procedures for applying a variety of warm and cold applications
  • Describe important considerations and practices for offering activities and programs commonly in assisted living environments
  • Explain procedures involved in caring for individuals with special needs such as cancer, immunosuppressive disorders, mental health issues, substance abuse disorders,  specimen collections, changing dressings, testing blood glucose, administration of medication, and performing other types of common specialized care
  • Describe effective and appropriate care of an individual who is dying
  • Explain rehabilitative therapies for individuals in a residential environment
  • Explain common preoperative and postoperative care procedures
  • Use Microsoft Office
Note:  In order to qualify for an externship, students must successfully complete the program, including all quizzes and final exams, and be available for a background check and/or a potential drug screen.  This program can be completed in 6 months.  However, students will have online access to this program for a 12-month period. 


Education and Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • National Certification exams:
    • National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) Exam
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam

 

Optional Volunteer Clinical Externship Opportunity

Students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an optional volunteer clinical externship opportunity with a local healthcare facility in order to gain valuable hands-on experience.  As students progress through their eLearning program, an Externship Coordinator will reach out to coordinate placement.

Note:
Additional documentation including health records, immunizations, drug-screening, criminal background checks, etc. may be required by the externship facility.