The CCA provides assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) to individuals of all ages in a variety of practice settings for the purpose of promoting holistic care and independence. Through delegation, the CCA may also provide assistance with ADLs and IADLs or other care interventions outside of his/her educational preparation.
The CCA Program uses an integrated course design to develop students’ skills and behaviours to meet the competencies outlined in the CCA Scope of Practice and Competency Framework. The Scope of Practice defines the roles, responsibilities, functions, and limitations while the Framework sets out the competencies required of a newly certified CCA.
Upon successful completion of the Continuing Care Assistant education preparation the CCA graduates will have demonstrated the ability at a minimum of entry-level competence:
1. Apply a person-centred philosophy of care in all client interactions.
2. Provide appropriate care within their scope of practice, as identified in the competency framework, and according to employers’ policies and procedures, including:
a. Protect their safety, the safety of co-workers, clients and family members.
b. Follow safe work practices and techniques to protect their own safety and those in their care.
3. Exercise critical thinking and judgment in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the ADL/IADL care which the CCA is competent, educated, and authorized to provide to the client as identified in the care plan, including:
a. Ascertain the client’s care they are being asked to perform is in their scope of practice and has been approved by their employer.
b. Identify activities they are educated to perform when working independently, when working with a regulated health professional, and when implementing a client specific assignment or a delegated intervention.
c. Understand the need to follow the delegation protocol when aiding with ADLs and IADLs or other interventions that are outside of the CCA’s educational preparation.
4. Demonstrate professionalism through accountability and integrity as it relates to the client/family member, the employer, and the health care team.
5. Understand their own values and attitudes and how they effect establishing and maintaining successful client/care provider relationships.
6. Learn about the implication of each client’s disease, disorder, condition, or personal circumstance and adapt appropriately when carrying out the care plan.