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Redefining Success as a Health Care Assistant: Sheetal Dhir

To find success, Sheetal changed her outlook and pursued a new dream as a Health Care Assistant When Sheetal Dhir came to Stenberg College, she was confident she would fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. As an outstanding student in high school, she had volunteer experience working with people and had taken university-level Biology, Statistics, English and Psychology…
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My Final Remarks!

Hello, beautiful world! Welcome to my fourth and final blog. Hope all is well! I cannot believe the course is almost over! I am still very busy practising my hands-on skills in a clinical setting and was in a facility in Surrey practising in a Long-Term Care Residential setting. This is where our time management skills kick-in. These past few…
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Meet Sheetal & The Reality Behind a Health Care Assistant

Hello, beautiful world! My name is Sheetal and I am a student in Stenberg’s Health Care Assistant (HCA) program. I have a heart for service and a strong passion for volunteering, health care and social work. In addition to being an HCA student, I’m also a daughter, sister, niece, cousin, friend, granddaughter, pet-lover, postal worker, volunteer, brand ambassador and now…
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Wisdom Beyond Her Years: Simran Cheema

Teenager pursues her passion & her purpose caring for others Born in Southeast London, England, when 18-year-old Simran Cheema immigrated to Canada in 2006, she never imagined that she would be Stenberg College’s Student of the Year finalist for the Health Care Assistant (HCA) Diploma program.
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Building a Bright Future as a Health Care Assistant

Brave. Strong. Resolute. These are just some of the adjectives that have been used by Paulett HoSang’s family, friends, and co-workers to describe her. A native of Jamaica, Paulett immigrated to Canada with her husband in June 2015 in search of a better life. As Paulett’s son Dwaine told us “I left Jamaica at the age of 14 and it was extremely difficult. I can only imagine…
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How Health Care Aides Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Seniors

Canadians are living longer and longer, and rightfully expecting a high quality of life that lasts all the way through their golden years. With the right support, nothing can stop today’s senior citizens from achieving their best possible health. It’s skilled and compassionate health care assistants who make this fulfillment possible for elderly individuals nationwide. If you’re a compassionate person…
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First Part of Practicum in the Health Care Assistant Program

Oh boy  I don’t even know where to begin here ! The last 5 weeks of practicum has been so good – I’ve learned so much and have realized that this is what I was meant to do.  I was pretty nervous at first, working in a facility and actually being hands on with residents is so different than learning…
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Preparing for the Health Care Assistant Practicum

During the last few weeks of being in the actual classroom it was packed with lots of information, tips and case scenarios. We had to memorize 9 different scenarios, 4 of them we had to know by the time we did our midterm exam and the other 4 we needed to know by the time we did our final exam….
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Why Communication Skills are Crucial for Health Care Aides

Students enrolled in a health care aide training program will have the opportunity to provide daily assistance to the elderly once they break into the field. By helping clients with day-to-day functions, such as cleaning, meal preparation, bathing and grooming, health care aides enable these individuals to maintain satisfying levels of independence. Having good communication skills is essential in a…
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Caring for Seniors with Cognitive & Mental Health Challenges: Tips for Health Care Assistants

As people age, cognitive function naturally slows down, but sometimes, factors like dementia can play a role in impacting some senior’s abilities to perform normal everyday tasks. It’s said that nearly 20 percent of seniors may also experience forms of mental illness, and the causes and symptoms vary depending on the individual. As the health care field improves its understanding…
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