A Geriatric Care Assistant (GCA) can be defined as a trained and certified health-care worker who usually works in a hospital, home or Old Age home environment and provide care to the elderly or old age patients. Internationally they may be called by similar names such as Elderly Care Attendants, Geriatric Nursing Aides or Patient Care Assistants.
The program aims at making a student competent to perform the following skills:
With the increase in geriatric population as wells as social limitations such as nuclear families, there is greater evidence of requirement of Geriatric Care Assistants.
The GCA program is thus a platform for gaining knowledge, to understand the activities and variety of care interventions that are required by an elderly patient.