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Elder Care Support (ECS)

Elder Care Support (ECS)

Elder Care Support

The goal of the Person-Centered Elder Support certificate is to give students the tools to effectively work with elders in the home setting as an in-home support worker or family caregiver. The curriculum offers a basic study of educational concepts and practices for the care and safety of elders experiencing normal aging. Sensory, physical, and psychosocial changes of aging, normal aging, myths of aging, and culture change will be discussed.

Courses focus on effective person-centered communication techniques that promote quality relationships between caregivers and elders, and emphasize adaptive services as the elder experiences changes in his or her health or abilities. A dementia component is included which covers concepts and practices for the care and safety of elders experiencing various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Students are required to complete a fingerprint criminal background check and have no disqualifying convictions in order to be awarded a Person-Centered Elder Support Certificate.

For more information, contact Donna Dickson, department chair, at 847.635.1461 or ddickson@oakton.edu.

(Oakton also offers a certificate in Basic Nurse Assistant and an associate's degree in Nursing.)

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IMPORTANT DATES


March 1
Incomplete (I) grades from fall 2014 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

March 13
Last day for filing Graduation Petitions.

March 16 -22
Spring Break.

March 23
Classes resume after Spring Break

March 25
Spring 2015 semester classes begin.

March 29
Last day to withdraw with a "W" from 16-week courses; Students will receive a grade in all courses in which they are enrolled after March 29.

April 8
Registration opens for fall 2015 semester.

May 14, 15
Evaluation Days.

May 15
Last day of student attendance.

May 18
First summer 2015 interim classes begin.

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