Courses in Health Support Specialist

Introduction to the Health Support Specialist

HSS 1000     3.00 Credits
This course will provide students with an orientation to aging services role of the Health Support Specialist (HSS). The course will also focus on the history of aging services and the concept of Culture Change and Person Directed Living. Topics will include; implementing person directed living in the health care setting and participation in a mentorship and apprenticeship model of training. Effective communication skills needed to work with families, residents, and other healthcare workers will be explored. This course will provide an introduction to the computer skills used for the HSS curriculum. (Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program)

Health Support Specialist in Meaningful Activities

HSS 1001     1.00 Credits
This activity course will provide direct caregivers with the fundamental skills, knowledge, and resources for engaging residents in meaningful activity programs, groups, and one to one's during their daily care giving routines. In this course student will also be given the opportunities for residents to engage in activities that meet their needs and interests which will provide quality of life and meaningful living for those living in a healthcare setting. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the program)

Health Support Specialist in Memory Care

HSS 1002     1.00 Credits
This course will explore the aging process as it relates to the resident who has memory loss and/or dementia related diagnosis. Topics will include; changes affecting communication skills and daily routines, recognizing common behaviors associated with memory loss, and implementing behavior interventions. The course will also introduce the student to methods for involving the family in decisions that provide purposeful living for the resident. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the program)

Health Support Specialist in Culinary Care

HSS 1003     1.00 Credits
This course will provide the student with basic culinary information that will help them purchase, plan, prepare and deliver a nutritionally adequate diet for the resident. Principles of infection control and basic nutrition will also be covered. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the program)

Health Support Specialist in Physiological Care

HSS 1004     1.00 Credits
This course introduces the student to the basic body structure and function during the aging process. Each body system is explored for the influences and implication of aging, common disorders, completion of body functions and common disease processes. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the program)

Health Support Specialist in Psychosocial Care

HSS 1005     1.00 Credits
In this course student will develop greater awareness of the psychosocial and spiritual impact of aging and end-of-life care. Losses resulting from aging extend much deeper, are more challenging to measure and thus often go unnoticed or unattended. Students will examine the emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of holistic care as a HSS and how each can be influenced by transition and loss. Students will also explore ways to identify and support individual and family needs in each of these dimensions. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the program)

Health Support Specialist in Environmental Services

HSS 1006     1.00 Credits
This course will cover the basics in providing a clean and safe environment. Topics include basic housekeeping practices, laundering procedures and simple maintenance tasks required within the guidelines of facility policies and procedures and comply with OSHA, state and federal regulations. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the program)