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FETAC Level 5 - Practical Home Care Skills

This course has been designed specifically with the following people in mind:-

  • Family Carers
  • Home Helps
  • Respite Workers
  • Care Assistants and Attendants
  • Any individual wishing to pursue a career in the Care Sector

After successful completion of this course the learner will be able to;

  • Identifying the various methods of communication e.g. verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Demonstrate active listening skills by practicing simulated situations to ensure that learners have a full understanding of how to communicate verbally and non-verbally
  • Explain that there are different ways in which communication can be difficult for different client groups. These difficulties include physical and mental impairments and also include challenges from an environment and/or family situations where people are being cared for
  • Identify aids to communication in a care setting
  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication with the person being cared for, their family and the multi-disciplinary team caring for the person and their family
  • Discuss possible ways of handling minor complaints, preventing and reporting accidents to the relevant person in their working environment whether verbally or in writing
  • Identify the different ways that a Carer's personal standard of hygiene assists in the prevention of infection
  • Understand how infection can be transmitted in a care environment
  • Outline how to prevent cross-infection. This prevention includes the correct and appropriate use of cleaning procedures and the use of protective equipment
  • Explain how food should be stored hygienically, safely and free from hazards
  • State the importance of fire prevention, accident prevention and learn the different ways that fire and accidents are prevented in the home and caring environment
  • Identify the importance of dignity, privacy and confidentiality in providing care to vulnerable people
  • Respect the right of the person being cared for to autonomy, independence and choice
  • Discuss the normal ageing process and the limitations of age related


  • Explain how to provide support with nutrition and feeding of the person being cared for
  • State the importance of a well-balanced diet for people who need care
  • Discuss how important it is to assist the person being cared for in maintaining personal hygiene routines in the care of hair, teeth and personal grooming, bathing and dressing
  • Outline how to manage the personal hygiene routines for elimination and continence for a person in their care
  • Outline how to manage moving a person safely who has limited mobility with proper moving and handling techniques
  • Identify how to make a bed which is occupied and unoccupied with the use of the particular aids for the process
  • Explain how pressure areas occur and know what measures to put in place to prevent them
  • Outline practical and financial supports available to Carers
  • List the demands of caring on Carers
  • Identify practical ways of coping with the stress involved in providing care to vulnerable people

This course is delivered over 50 hours (14 x 3 Hour sessions plus 1 day of Patient Moving & Handling Training) e.g. 14 weeks training from 10.00am -1.00pm each week.

FETAC Level 5 Award

This module represents one of a possible eight modules towards a full FETAC level 5 Major award and participants will be awarded with a

FETAC Level 5 Component Certificate

on successful completion of this course

FETAC Level 5 Occupational First Aid Training

This course covers the all essential elements of First Aid. This is a three day course delivered by qualified First Aid Instructors.

Learners who successfully complete this module will:

  • Understand the responsibilities of the occupational first-aider
  • Be able to provide treatment for the purpose of preserving life
  • Minimising the consequences of injury until treated by a medical practitioner or nurse
  • Be able to provide treatment for an injury which does not require the attention of a medical practitioner or nurse
  • Be capable of coordinating first aid arrangements in the workplace
  • Be familiar with health and safety legislation on first aid provision in the workplace
  • Be able to utilize a Defibrillator and CPR techniques

The Carers Association also offer additional FETAC level 5 modules for those wishing to pursue a FETAC level 5 Major award in Healthcare Support, Nursing Studies, Community and Health Services and Community Care. Some of the additional modules we offer are as follows;

FETAC Level 5 Modules
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Communications
  • Care Skills
  • Care Support
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Food Safety & HACCUP
  • Work Experience

All of the above named modules are recognised by the HSE and can be used as an entry route to further third level Institutes.

Things To Consider Before You Apply

Please read this page carefully and if you wish to proceed with your application, please complete the attached FETAC Application/Registration Form.

Previous Knowledge & Experience

All training is delivered in a friendly and enjoyable fashion focusing on ensuring each participant is given every opportunity to learn the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities in order to excel in their caring role.

There are no formal education requirements or selection procedures. However, it is essential that you have a desire and passion for your chosen topic of study/module. It is also very desirable that you have an opportunity to carry out some caring responsibility during the time you are completing the course. This gives you a chance to try out your new learning which forms the basis of some of your coursework.

Time Committment

In addition to attending the course workshops, you are required to spend at least 3-4 hours per week on your coursework. This is a big time commitment. You should not processed with your application at this point in time if you feel that you are not in a position to give that sort of time commitment to the course over its 14 week duration.

Attending Workshops

Make sure you are available to attend all Practical demonstration sessions. Check the dates and duration of the course carefully as full attendance is essential.

Time Keeping

The majority of our courses commence at 10.00am sharp. It is of paramount importance that all participants adhere to the course schedule and arrive in time for all courses.