Aged Care workers allow elderly people to live in happiness, comfort, and with dignity, by helping them to carry out activities and personal tasks they’d be unable to do (or struggle with) by themselves.
If you have tons of compassion and patience, and you’re looking for a career that will be active and rewarding, working as an Aged Care Worker could be ideal for you.
If you have these skills, you could make a great Aged Care Worker
- Positive, respectful and empathetic at all times
- Have the patience to communicate effectively with your clients, listen to them talk, and be able to read between the lines
- A great multitasker who can switch between jobs and prioritise effortlessly
- Can think on your feet, reacting appropriately and professionally in any situation
- You’ll need a high level of stamina, both physically and emotionally, to support, empower, and advocate for your clients
What tasks can I expect to do?
- Carry out a variety of domestic duties and help your clients with mobility and personal hygiene
- Provide companionship and support (both physical and emotional)
- Arrange social activities for your clients, help them to take part, get them there and back safely
- Run errands and engage with family members, ensuring clients are safe and well in all aspects of their lives
- Update records and reports in an accurate and timely manner
- Involve other professionals if you’re concerned about a client’s health and wellbeing
Where do Aged Care Workers work?
Aged Care Workers can work out in the community, in day facilities, in private clinics, or even visiting clients’ homes. They can also work in residential facilities, doctor’s offices, and some hospital departments.
What kind of lifestyle can I expect as an Aged Care Worker?
While this isn’t a job where you can work from home, there are lots of part-time and flexible working opportunities.
Most Aged Care Workers can expect to earn an average salary throughout their career.
Due to our ageing population, there is already a huge demand for Aged Care Workers, and it’s predicted to keep on rising.
How to become an Aged Care Worker
Most employers prefer that you have a relevant qualification and the necessary checks to enter a career in Aged Care.
Step 1 – Successfully complete high school, focusing on basic English and Maths.
Step 2 – Get some work experience in the field to see if it’s a career you’d really love to do. Experience will also look great on your resume when you’re applying for jobs. You could also volunteer at aged care facilities or within your community.
Step 3 – Find a course that will provide you with the necessary qualifications and skills for a career in Aged Care. In some cases you may be able to undertake a traineeship, combining study with practical work experience.
Step 4 – You may have to complete practical training as an element of your qualification.
Step 5 – Undergoing a background or police check may be a requirement before you can start working. Other essential qualifications and licences may include things such as first aid or a driver’s license.
Find out more here:
- Aged & Community Care Providers Association (Aus)
- New Zealand Nurses Organisation
- National Association of Care and Support Workers (UK)
- PHI (US)
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