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Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of this course is that the students have the basic knowledge and ability needed in caring for the elderly person in institutional setting.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to:
- know how to assess, analyze and support elderly clients' wellbeing and functional capacity.
- assess plan and implement services for chronically disadvantaged elderly people
- know how to develop evidence-based practice while applying client oriented approach.
- be able to set well-defined aims, to prioritize and to staff to achieve the aims.

Course contents

Theoretical base for caring,hygiene,
Basic needs,and interventions to satisfy these needs
Laboratory training and practicing in simulated settings
nursing and care plans

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Fundamentals in gerontology, basic knowledge in geriatrics, geriatric care, nutrition, ethics and medication administration and dosage calculation (geriatric 1)

Recommended or required reading

Sorrentino, Sheila A. 2003 Mosby's textbook for long-term care assistants
Mosby’s textbook for long-term care Sheila A. Sorrentino, Bernie Gorek

St. Louis, Missouri : Mosby,

Study activities

  • Lectures - 70 hours
  • Laboratory lessons and tasks in a simulated environment - 60 hours
  • Individual studies - 20 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 150 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 20 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 130 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams
  • Reports and productions


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Sundell Solveig

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

The timetable of the course

27.08.2008 12.45-16.30 Introduction to module /theoretical base for Care.Institutions and their function
29.08.2008 10.15-14.15 Hygien
08.09.2008 09.15-15.00 Vital functions
10.09.2008 10.15-14.00 Nutrition
17.09.2008 12.45-16.00 Elimination
30.09.2008 09.15-11.45 Wound care
06.10.2008 09.15-16.00 Personal Hygien/ Dental care
09.10 2008 09.15-16.00 Sleeping
16.10 2008 09.15-12.00 Podiatry
17.10.2008 09.15-11.45 Laying the bed 12.30-14.00 Sanna Salmela Hypocount education
21.10.2008 09.15-12.00 Injection
24.10.2008 09.15-14.00 Caring of Dying
29.10.2008 09.00-15.00 Care plans
30.10.2008 09.00-12.00 Exam

Assessment methods

  • 2008-10-30 - Exams
  • 2008-10-30 - Reports and productions

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