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Live–In Caregiver Program

Give care to those most in need.


Live-in Caregivers provide care and assistance to others in the most direct way possible. By helping patients with daily tasks and exercise, and keeping their living space – often their own homes – clean and safe, you could be the most significant contributing factor in their recovery.

The need for Health Care Assistants, Resident Care Attendants, Home Support Workers, Long-term Care Aides, and Live-In Care givers continues to grow at an increasing rate. Health Care Assistants provide and maintain a safe and clean environment in health care facilities and in patient’s homes. They provide clients with assistance in activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and grooming. Sometimes they serve meal trays and feed patients. To help patients recover, they lift, turn or massage patients and they may also supervise patients’ exercise routines.

They take basic measurements, such as patients’ blood pressure temperature and pulse. They transport patients in wheelchairs or stretchers for treatment or surgery, carry medical items (messages, reports, requisitions and specimens) from one department to another, and maintain an inventory of supplies. They provide basic patient care including supplying and emptying bed pans.

The additional Early Childhood courses will provide the students with the skills to provide a caring and educational environment where children are able to thrive. They will contribute to the well being of the family as well.

This program gives the student the necessary skills to belong to this “in-high-demand” occupation. Live-ins usually work longer hours; however, if they work evenings or weekends they may get time off. Although living-in may isolate them from their family and friends, these workers often become part of their employer’s family and may derive satisfaction from caring for them.

Total Program Hours: 1010 Hours
Full-time Program Length: 37 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)

Tuition / Fees

Our Career Advisors would be happy to discuss tuition costs and financial assistance that may be available for you.

Entrance Requirements

Grade 12 / GED or mature student status (all transcripts must be “true certified copies” or originals); admissions interview; successful mathematics and language entrance assessments.
Instructor/director interview is strongly recommended.
For non-native speakers of English:
• English proficiency assessment required


Proof of meeting English Language Competency Requirements
• English 10 or equivalent with a grade of C (for native speakers of English) or Sprott Shaw College Communication for Healthcare with a grade of 76%
• Standardized English language test score (for non-native speakers of English)
• For further information on English requirements, see your Career Advisor
Applicants for this program must also have excellent communication skills (composition); obtain a satisfactory certificate of health from a physician with a Physician’s Waiver; submit a criminal record check (must be Public Safety & Solicitor General Schedule B); provide evidence of clear TB testing prior to acceptance (all must be done no more than three months before the start of the program); and provide
evidence of up-to-date Immunizations (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Chicken Pox, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Influenza and others as required by clinical sites)

Diploma Requirements

70% average upon successful completion of all courses.
An average of 70% must be obtained in the HCA courses prior to admission into the Clinical Practices.
CPR, First Aid, RAI, Violence Prevention, FoodSafe and WHMIS will be completed during the program.

Career Opportunities

Care Aide, Long Term Care Aide, Home Support Worker, Live-in Caregiver

Online Learning Components

One or more courses in this program have Instructor-led G2 Online Learning components. The inclusion of online learning tools varies by campus and instructor. *These courses are not online-only.

Program may not be available at all campuses. Program content is subject to change.

Child Growth and Development

  • The process of learning and maturation, child growth and development
  • Cultural, economic, and generational influences on development
  • Schedule B needed for child observations in child care centres
  • See EC100 course outlines for details on applying for ECE Assistant Certificate

Curriculum Development

  • Plan and implement comprehensive program plans
  • Focus on social, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative, and cultural development

Health, Safety and Nutrition

  • Signs and symptoms of common childhood illnesses
  • Developing safe and secure environments for young children
  • Policies and procedures for licensing requirements for observing and reporting abuse and neglect
  • Snack and meal planning and applying the Canada Food Guide in childcare settings

Strategies for Student Success (Comp/Inc)

  • Computer basics/file management
  • Goal setting, note taking, problem solving, team work
  • Overview of policies & procedures
  • Demonstrate ability to use MS Word and MS PowerPoint

Career and Professional Development

  • Interview techniques
  • Create a Career Development Marketing Plan
  • Apply aspects of professionalism
  • Identify target markets and employment resources

Health and Healing: Concepts for Practice

  • Concepts of caring and person-centered care
  • Basic human needs and human development
  • Family culture and diversity

Health 1 – Interpersonal Communications

  • Communication with clients families and colleagues
  • Medical terminology, documentation and reporting
  • Vital signs
  • RAI, Crisis Prevention and Management

Health 2 – Lifestyle and Choices

  • Holistic components of health and healing (Health Wheel)
  • Basic nutrition and FoodSafe
  • Self-care
  • Stress management

Health Care Assistant – Introduction to Practice

  • Health care system in BC and Canada
  • The health care team
  • Standard precautions, safety, WHMIS

Healing 1 – Common Health Challenges

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Normal aging changes
  • Common heath challenges
  • Practical skills used to manage common health challenges

Healing 2 – Cognitive Challenges

  • Healing 2- Cognitive Challenges
  • Promotion of independence and quality of life
  • Gentle Care

Healing 3 – Introduction to Acute Care Skills

  • Develop skills that maintain and promote comfort, safety and quality of life
  • Promotion of independence
  • Wound care, IV, O2, Assisting with Medications
  • Post-operative care
  • Physical examinations
  • First Aid

Healing 4 – Palliative Care

  • Communication skills used in caring for the dying and their family
  • Understanding hospice and palliative care
  • Personal awareness, self reflection and self care
  • Practical skills used to help manage common challenges in end-of-life care

Healing 5 – Mental Health Challenges

  • Members of health care team involved in mental health
  • Common mental health issues – depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders
  • Communication, treatment and preventative strategies

Clinical 1 – Multi-level and/or Complex Care (Comp/Inc)

Clinical 2 – Multi-Level and/or Complex Care (Comp/Inc)

Clinical 3 – Multi-Level and/or Complex Care (Comp/Inc)

Clinical 4 – Assisted Living and/or Home Support (Comp/Inc)

Note that successful completion of any of the following courses – EC100, EC110 or EC180 individually or as part of a program will allow the student to apply for assistant status.
Successful completion of EC100 includes attendance of a minimum of 90 instructional/classroom hours to be eligible for this certificate.
Supervised clinical training may include any shifts other than day shift (i.e. evenings – 3pm to 11pm or nights – 11pm to 7am and possible weekends).
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clincal / preceptorship sites.
Clinical training is conducted in shifts of a minimum of 7.5 hours per day up to 12 hours per day for a total of 300 hours, distributed equally over 4 two-week clinical placements.
Clinical placement sites are subject to availablitity (may be in various areas).
Clinical sites may require more current and/or additional CRC (for instance: RCMP) and TB testing (to be done at student’s expense).