The four-month Activity Assistant program provides specialized professional development for individuals who have previous education and training in health care (LPNs, RNs, health care assistants and home care aides) or community support (education assistant/community support graduates).
The program consists of three core courses as well as two practice experiences:
In Framework for Practice (HSR-160), you will be introduced to the activity assistant role as well as the concept of activity and how it influences and is influenced by the components of health, age, interests, values and environment. You will gain an understanding of aging and dementias in the context of activity, how groups can be used for clients and residents with complex care needs, theories in activity programming and much more.
In Activity for Well-Being (HSR-161), you will explore dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease, and learn a wide range of strategies for activity involvement for clients who have cognitive impairments. Course highlights include the fundamentals of program development, client assessment and recreational assessment tools, client-specific goal development and working with volunteers and family - to name only a few.
In Programming for Individuals with Cognitive Impairments (HSR-162), you will develop strategies for therapeutic recreation and program development for individuals with dementia, including how to use a care planning approach to provide effective client-centred programming.
During the program, you will have opportunities to apply classroom knowledge and skills to hands-on experience in two supervised practice experiences, working with adults in a variety of care settings in facility and community settings.
Please note, the work of activity assistants can be physically demanding and may require bending, lifting or lengthy periods of standing, which may be problematic for those with back, neck or arm injuries.
If you have significant health challenges, please discuss your concerns with your physician and consult with the program coordinator.