Care of the Older Adult

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Projections by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show by 2021 the number of elderly people will have grown by 200,000. This group will be living and being cared for in a range of different settings. The figures on housing for Irish older adults show that 7% of people aged 65 and over live in nursing homes or hospitals, 27% live alone at home and 67% live with spouses, families or others. The numbers living in nursing homes or hospitals increases with age: 12% of people aged 80- 84 and 25% of people aged 85 and over.

The aim of this module is to explore the health care support  needs of the older adult living in this range of settings.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

  • Describe the effects of the ageing process
  • Describe chronic health conditions and care requirements in the older adult
  • Explore the challenges faced in care of the older person in hospital, home and care environments
  • Discuss how to promote and maximise the functional abilities of the older person in a variety of care settings


Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or equivalent. Students over 23 years of age may be exempted from this requirement if they can demonstrate that they are suitable candidates for the course of study. Please see more information on Entry Requirements in the Student Information Section.

Delivery:  12 weeks, Tuesday 7-10pm

Cost: €350


  • Address Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford
  • Phone 051 302040
  • Category Healthcare, Medical & Healthcare
  • Location Co. Waterford

Course Information

Course Information
  • Cost €350
  • Course Length 12 weeks
  • Start date September


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Care of the Older Adult
  • By Aisling Cusack
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