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Career Information for Health Care Aides in Calgary

Caring, compassionate people are often drawn to the medical field, and especially into personal care positions. If you have a passion for helping others, come complete your Health Care Aide training in Calgary at ABES! Our Health Care Aide program will prepare you to work in a hospital, nursing home, group home or another type of care facility. This comprehensive course lasts 21 weeks and will include classroom hours, practicum experience and home study hours. You'll learn everything from the role of a Health Care Aide to effective ways of communication and how to accurately take and record vital signs. 

A Health Care Aide can also be called a Caregiver, Client Care Attendant, Nursing Assistant, Personal Care Attendant or Home Support Worker. Regardless of your title, your job is to keep patients safe and provide assistance and support for people who are elderly, disabled or ill. These patients may need short-term care or long-term help, and their condition may be acute or terminal. You must be prepared for all of these scenarios. To be successful in this profession, it's also important to:

  • Stay organized

  • Be mature and dependable

  • Be patient and non-judgmental

  • Treat others with dignity and respect

  • Work well independently and with others

  • Keep patient information confidential

A good Health Care Aide will always put themselves in their patient's shoes. How would you want to be treated if the roles were reversed? Obviously, you would want to be shown the utmost respect and sensitivity. Health Care Aides must do this on a daily basis for every single patient that they see.

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Educational and Physical Requirements

In order to work as a Health Care Aid in the province of Alberta, you must have graduated from a Government of Alberta Health Care Aide program. To enroll in the ABES Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Program in Calgary, you must have the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 10 Equivalency or Mature Student Status

  • Good English Comprehension (Gr. 10 or Equivalent)

  • Clear Security Clearance

  • Physical Ability to Carry Out the Work

  • Interview with Program Coordinator

Please also note that certification is not required or regulated for this profession.

Advancement Opportunities

Because Health Care Aides can be hired by individual clients, private agencies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, assisted living, and other care facilities, there are many opportunities for employment. Aging baby boomers have contributed to the need for new positions, as has the rising popularity of at-home care.

A Fulfilling, Rewarding Career

After you complete your Health Care Aide training in Calgary at ABES, you'll be ready to go out and make a difference in the world. There are many benefits of this career path, both professionally and personally. You'll be providing care for people who truly are in need. Ill and elderly patients especially enjoy the comfort and companionship that you offer, giving you a deep sense of satisfaction. Additionally, this role may give you a new outlook on life and how to treat others. Lastly, depending on your employer, you may be able to set your own hours so you can better manage your work and personal schedules. Contact us today for more information on this meaningful career!

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