Aspire TrainingQQI Level 5 Care of the Older Person - Aspire Training

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to meet the full range of needs of older people in a variety of care settings.

Course Breakdown:

1 Discuss a range of age related issues to include healthy ageing, global and national demographic trends, the normal physiological and psychological processes of ageing, the social impact of ageing on older people and differing attitudes to ageing and older people.

2 Analyse the roles of the health care assistant in promoting positive attitudes to ageing and of statutory and voluntary agencies in promoting the well being of older people.

3 Examine a range of concepts and practices to include preparation for retirement and the ethnic and cultural influences on the older person.

4 Explore a range of older people’s needs to include physical, social, emotional, psychological, recreational, financial, environmental and spiritual needs.

5 Summarise the role of the health care assistant in providing care for older people.

6 Discuss the issues related to an older person with mental illness or dementia and of living with chronic illness.

7 Recognise the individual needs of the dying older person and their families.

8 Summarise the range of the care settings for older people and the members of the healthcare team available in each care setting.

9 Explore a range of specific services that are available for older people to include education, lifelong learning, retirement/the workplace and leisure 10 Analyse current approaches towards developing quality in the provision of services for older people and their families to include standards and quality assurance.

11 Employ effective communication with the older person, their family and the multi disciplinary team.

12 Adapt care and practices to meet the needs of older people with cognitive and sensory impairment and physical disabilities.

13 Exercise duties in a way that is respectful to the person’s body after death.

14 Promote a range of aspects of care for the older person to include empowerment, advocacy, independence, individualised care, dignity, respect, choice, self esteem and include family and carers as partners in care.

15 Give assistance in the identification of how health promotion issues can be promoted in care settings for older people and in the provision of therapeutic interventions that will enhance the social interactions and quality of life of the older person.

Course Timeframe:

New Dates Coming Soon

Entry Requirements:

Learners must have completed their Leaving certificate, a Level 4 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Special Needs/Childcare/Healthcare) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please contact our office to discuss more about this.

English Language Proficiency: Learners entering programmes leading to Level 5 awards are expected to be able to: be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information.


The cost of this module is €250.00.

The payment for this module is made in two instalments as follows:

Payment 1: €125.00 Booking deposit, this is payable when booking to secure your place.

Payment 2: €125.00 payable after 3 weeks.

Please note that deposits are non-refundable, unless the course is changed or cancelled by ourselves. Refund of fees is not payable to learners who do not complete the course or assessments.


If you are in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection, on a CE Scheme or participating in activation schemes, you may be eligible for some funding. Please contact the office for further advice in relation to this.

Protection for Learners

Protection of Enrolled Learners (‘PEL’) is a legal requirement for providers to put in place arrangements to ensure that if a programme of education and training ceases prematurely, learners will be able to complete a similar programme with another provider, or have their moneys refunded.

As Aspire Training continues to make quality improvements we are currently working on changing our PEL arrangements from using alternate providers, to using insurance arrangements. This will ensure contingency and learners will receive the most up-to-date information in the Learner Handbook.

Reasonable Accommodation

To reinforce inclusion for all our learners we offer customised learning support for individual applicants who require accommodations. Aspire Training provide a range of supports for learners to ensure that our programmes and services are accessible to all.

Upon registration for a course or programme with Aspire Training, learners will be asked to state any additional requirements needed so that the appropriate supports for teaching, learning and assessment can be considered. It is important that you discuss your needs with us as early as possible. If you would like to discuss this prior to registration, please contact

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