Universal Class: Over 500 Online Certificate Courses

Course Syllabus: Advocacy for Elderly Patients

no certificate
- OR -
with CEU Certificate*
Start Right Now!
Taking multiple courses? Save with our platinum program.
Office Hours: Continuous
Course Meeting Times: Continuous

Course Description

Welcome to advocacy for the elderly patient. With growing numbers of seniors in our aging population, families and extended family members are finding themselves in a position where they're providing for some or all of the care for their senior loved ones.

Understanding basic rights of patients and how such rights apply to the elderly will help you become an advocate for not only elderly patients, but for other family members and friends. In this course, you'll learn what an advocate is, what one does, and why it's important to be an advocate for patient care today.

You'll also learn not only how to be a well educated advocate, but to do your part to preserve the dignity of seniors, prevent elder abuse, and understand the basics of elderly patient care at home, in assisted living facilities and in nursing homes or other care scenarios. You'll learn the importance of nutrition and providing senior-friendly living spaces. You'll learn how to effectively evaluate nursing homes and understand the legal rights of seniors and how to protect them from scams.

As an educated advocate, you'll also learn how to identify and report red flags when it comes to senior care, including elderly abuse and more personal aspects of care, including hygiene. You'll also learn the importance of documents such as advance directives and powers of attorney in order to provide the best in secure, comforting and effective senior care that maintains their independence and dignity in all areas of their life.

Course Requirements

This course does not require any previous medical background. Any aged learner (18 or older) is welcome.

This online course contains 11 easy to read lessons which can be completed at own pace (access to course upon enrollment will be available for up to 6 months)

Course Topics


Lesson 1: What Is An Advocate?

Lesson 2: Preservation of Dignity

Lesson 3: Preventing Elder Abuse

Lesson 4: Quality of Life Issues

Lesson 5: Providing Safe Environments

Lesson 6: Patient Care Advocacy in Home-based Settings

Lesson 7: Advocacy for Elders in Nursing Homes

Lesson 8: Nursing Home Resident's Rights

Lesson 9: Legal Rights

Lesson 10: Red Flags

Lesson 11: Death and Dying

Course Materials

All course material is available within this online course.

Grading Policy

Each lesson is followed by an end of the lesson multiple choice and T/F Quiz . Some of the lessons will be followed by an assignment based on lesson facts and opinions expressed.

70% or higher will be required in order to complete this course.  


Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe a advocate for the elderly is and what the job entails.
  • Summarize how to maintain and preserve the dignity of the elderly.
  • Describe methods for recognizing and preventing elder abuse.
  • Describe quality of life issues.
  • Identify methods and techniques for providing safe environments.
  • Summarize patient care advocacy in home-based settings and nursing homes.
  • Identify nursing home resident's rights and elderly legal rights.
  • Identify red flags when determining proper elder care.
  • Summarize the processes of death and dying, what to expect, and how to cope and support, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

An IntroductionAssignment1
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment2
Lesson 1 ExamExam10
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment2
Lesson 2 ExamExam10
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment2
Lesson 3 ExamExam9
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment2
Lesson 4 ExamExam9
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment2
Lesson 5 ExamExam10
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment2
Lesson 6 ExamExam8
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment2
Lesson 7 ExamExam9
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment2
Lesson 8 ExamExam8
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment2
Lesson 9 ExamExam7
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment2
Lesson 10 ExamExam10
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 11 ExamExam10
The Final ExamExam50
Total Points:172
Follow Us Online
  • Follow us on Google Plus Follow us on FaceBook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on YouTube
© Copyright 1999-2017 Universal Class™ All rights reserved.