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Certificate in Caring for the Elderly Level 2

Course overview

This course aims to help develop knowledge and understanding of caring for the elderly. It is designed for those who wish to understand the principles of elderly care, learn more about common health issues and legislation that relates to elderly care.

Course duration

8 - 12 Weeks

Delivery method



Level 2


£299 (Funding is available - eligibility criteria may apply)


Eligible for adult funding (eligibility criteria may apply). Please contact our team for advice on finance and funding options.

Suitable for

This course is suitable for students aged 14 and over. It is ideal for anyone who currently works in, or would like to work in, the education and health and social care sectors.

Learning outcomes

Students will learn about the principles of elderly care in the UK, maintaining health and wellbeing in elderly care, common health issues affecting individuals in care, individual rights, minimising risk and communication.

Course content

  • Principles of elderly care in the UK:
    • The context of elderly care in the UK
    • What caring for the elderly is
    • The range of care available
    • Regulation by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • Maintaining health and well-being in elderly care:
    • Individuality and independence
    • The importance of service users maintaining contact with and getting support from friends and family
    • Understand how to maintain health and well-being of the elderly in care
    • The importance of care workers maintaining health and well-being
  • Common health issues affecting individuals in elderly care:
    • How to deal with health issues in elderly care
    • Signs and symptoms of health issues
    • The impact of dementia
    • Urinary tract health issues
    • Pneumonia
    • Wounds and healing
    • Depression
    • Arthritis
    • End of life care
  •  Individual rights in elderly care:
    • Safeguarding and protecting vulnerable adults in elderly care settings
    • How to recognise that a vulnerable adult has been abused
    • Responding to evidence or concerns that vulnerable adult has been abused
    • Equality and diversity in a care setting
    • Legislation affecting service user’s rights in a care setting
  • Minimising risk in elderly care settings:
    • Risk assessment
    • Manual handling
    • Hazardous substances
    • Risk of infection
    • Accidents
    • The safe administration of medicines
  • Communication in elderly care:
    • The importance of communication in elderly care settings
    • How to communicate with a client moving into a care home and their family
    • The skills required to work in elderly care settings

Course requirements

Candidates will require the following equipment for distance learning:

  • PC or laptop with a microphone and speakers (a webcam is preferred but not essential)
  • Access to the internet and web browser application (e.g. Google Chrome)
  • An email account for file sharing

For more information about this course please contact us.

Queens Court Regent Street Barnsley South Yorkshire S70 2EG
Tel: 01226 216760 | Email: |

These course details were downloaded on 20/04/2024

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