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Activity Assistant


The activities that improve quality of life

Over six weekends on campus, you will learn about the Activity Worker role in health care, how activities can improve the well-being of clients, how to program for patients with specific illnesses such as dementia. You'll also complete two practicum courses to integrate your new skills.

Framework for Activity Assistant Role • ACAS 250V Schedule

This course assists students in understanding their role as an Activity Assistant. Building on previous knowledge, the students are introduced to the concept of activity and how it influences and is influenced by the components of health, age, interests, values and environment.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the concepts and principles related to basic human needs, components of health, normal aging and the changes that may occur as we age.
  2. Describe basic concepts of activity in relation to self.
  3. Perform the role of the Activity Assistant in a care setting.
  4. Perform the role of the Activity Assistant within an interdisciplinary care team.

Activity for Well-Being • ACAS 251V Schedule

This course builds on ACAS 250 and 270 (Practicum I; Observation) to assist students to gain knowledge and skills that will allow them to function effectively in the Activity Assistant role. The course emphasizes a client-centred approach and effective communication skills in planning and implementing activities that promote optimal well-being of clients, both individually and in groups. The process of providing activities is examined as it relates to clients, families, volunteers and the interdisciplinary healthcare team.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the concept of activity as part of life.
  2. Describe how the client-centred approach can be used in the cooperative planning and implementation of appropriate activities.
  3. Apply principles of activity programming to a variety of group activities.
  4. Follow principles of client-centred goals, activities, implementation and evaluation.
  5. Describe the nature of groups and group processes, and utilization of group facilitation skills.
  6. Explain how care plans for individual clients play a role in activity planning.

Programming Activities for Clients with Dementia • ACAS 252V Schedule

This course builds on ACAS 250, 251 and 270. Students will enhance their knowledge of dementia, especially Alzheimer's disease. This course provides ideas and strategies for activity involvement with the cognitively impaired client. A brief overview of depression and suitable activities is provided.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Define the different types of dementia.
  2. Recognize and describe the symptoms and progressions of Alzheimer's disease.
  3. Apply principles of activity programming and activity analysis to the cognitively impaired client.
  4. Identify activities that may be beneficial to persons experiencing depression.
  5. Review care for the caregiver.
  6. Recognize the importance of assessing functional ability when planning activities for clients with Alzheimer's disease.

Practicum courses

There are two practicums in the Activity Assistant program. Each one takes place at a different site, and neither can be at a site that you currently work at. Past graduates of this program consistently report that the practicum experiences were a highlight of the program for them; as an experienced RCA, it is a great opportunity to view how activity aide work is done in other facilities.

Practicum sites are approved by Camosun College. Students are given a list of approved sites and are expected to contact them to arrange placement at a mutually convenient time. A Criminal Record Check must be completed prior to the first practicum site visit.

Observational Practicum I

You will complete three day-long on-site visits for your Observational Practicum during March/April. You will job-shadow an Activity Assistant throughout your shift, to observe and integrate what you have learned to-date.

Full Practicum II

We have extended the time to complete this practicum, to enable working students to continue earning some income. The 120 hour full practicum takes place over six weeks between May and June. For optimal learning and integration of your new skills, you will be expected to attend practicum a minimum of 3 days per week during this period.

Practicum I (Observation) • ACAS 270V Schedule

Note: Some employers may require the following: Class 4 Driver's licence; Criminal Record Check; minimum of one year of related work experience.

This practicum observation course provides the opportunity through job shadowing for students to observe and assist with the provision of activities for clients within select care settings.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the client/resident as a whole – former roles, values, needs and strengths.
  2. Demonstrate good understanding of skills and resources required to assist in the provision of activities within their practicum setting.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the value of activity for those clients in a care setting.

Practicum II • ACAS 271V Schedule

Prior to the start of Practicum 2, you must submit proof you have completed both your Standard First Aid certificate including CPR Level C, and your Foodsafe Level 1 certificate requirements.

Building on ACAS 270 Practicum I (Observation), this practicum of 120 hours provides experiences that enable students to develop skills and resources to effectively assist in the provision of activities within a care setting.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Apply a resident centered approach when assisting with the provision of activities within a care setting.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of residents' changing needs and strengths related to their physical, emotional, social and cognitive status.
  3. Perform planned activities in a safe and organized manner.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of activity modification.
  5. Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication, both written and verbal with clients, families, groups and heath care team.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of groups and group process.
  7. Demonstrate sound judgment, creativity and resourcefulness in the provision of activities.
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