Caring grads ready for workforce

Health Care Assistants receive their graduation certificates in Barriere

Pictured celebrating the graduation ceremonies are: (L to r) Course facilitator Jennifer Stubbings

Pictured celebrating the graduation ceremonies are: (L to r) Course facilitator Jennifer Stubbings

Friday, Apr. 20, was a banner day for eight excited Health Care Assistants who received their graduation certificates as a culmination of a six month course provided by TRU.  The event was held in the Barriere Legion basement with friends and family attending to give congratulations. The grads were from Barriere, Chu Chua, Salmon Arm, and Victoria.

The Health Care Assistant certificate is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to become successful health care workers promoting the health, independence, safety and well-being of older adults. Through a hands-on approach, the program teaches the fundamentals of a person-centered approach to health care based on individual needs, respectful communication and ethical, caring practice. As members of a health care team, Health Care Assistants may work in a variety of residential care facilities or in home/community settings.

The certificate used to be called Home Support Residential Care but the name was changed by government.

The course is held in the area every three to five years.