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Certificate in Geriatric Care Assistance CGCA

A Geriatric Care Assistant (GCA) can be defined as a trained and certified health-care worker who usually works in a hospital, home or Old Age home environment and provide care to the elderly or old age patients. Internationally they may be called by similar names such as Elderly Care Attendants, Geriatric Nursing Aides or
Patient Care Assistants. The programme aims to develop a pool of trained workforce which can be employed to provide support to old age patients and assist other healthcare providers majorly in-home/ old age home (including assisted living facilities) settings, rehabilitation facilities or otherwise in hospitals as well.
With the increase in geriatric population as well as social limitations such as nuclear families, there is greater evidence of the requirement of Geriatric Care Assistants. The CGCA program is thus a platform for gaining knowledge, to understand the activities and variety of care interventions that are required by an elderly patient.

Outcome Objective:

The program aims at making a student competent to perform the following skills:

  • Demonstrate skills in basic geriatrics care such as assessment, patient positions, movements, preparation of facilities/environment of the patient, feeding, hygiene, grooming, dressing, bathing and elimination needs of
    the geriatrics patients, oral care, hair care, eye and ear care, skin, nail and foot care of geriatrics patients.
  • Demonstrate skills in the management of positions & pressure points, disabilities and well being of the geriatric patient, including counselling skills and management of mental health issues in geriatrics patients as well as Basic Life Support (BLS) measures & first aid in the event of emergencies.

Eligibility: 10+2 Pass with Science.

Medium of instructions: English

Duration: Minimum 6 months and Maximum of 2 years; admission in both January & July cycle.

Fee Structure: Rs.6,500/- for full programme

No. of Seats: 20-30 in each Study Centre.

Programme Structure:

Course Code Course Title Nature of Course Credits Download
BHT-6 Foundation for Geriatric Care Assistance Theory 4
BHT-7 Special Needs of Geriatric Patients Theory 4
BHTL-8 Skills for Geriatric Care Assistance Practical 12
Total Credits 20


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