Aged Care Workers
With the Baby Boomer’s approaching retirement age, demand for Aged Care Workers is becoming critical. Over four million people were born in Australia between 1946 and 1961. Living longer than any previous generation due to advances in medical science, they will once again transform society by increasing demand for Aged Care Services.
What is An Aged Care Worker?
Supporting elderly or frail people to improve the quality of their life is the defining activity for an Aged Care Worker. Possessing an empathetic approach to giving care and an interest in working with the elder community are essential attributes for employment in the Aged Care Industry. Otherwise, the opportunities available encompass a wide range of expertise and provide excellent prospects for career development. If you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out, a career in Aged Care offers many possibilities for a rewarding future.
Aged Care Sector
Made up of employees and volunteers performing a wide assortment of tasks, people working in the Aged Care Sector provide a diverse range of services to the elderly, younger people with disabilities, and the families of people living assisted by Aged Care.
Community Care offers support and services allowing people to remain in their home with care provided where needed.
Residential Aged Care offers accredited facilities for people no longer able to reside at home and provides continuous nursing services.
Independent Living allows personal autonomy while providing the support of a community- based facility.
Expectations of the Aged Care Worker
Each resident has different needs and abilities that must be respected. With a goal to preserving independence for as long as possible, the Aged Care Worker provides physical, social and psychological support while helping the resident to maintain their dignity.
Tasks the Aged Care Worker may expect to perform:
Provide friendly, compassionate support to the elderly by helping with daily living, personal care and hygiene. Typical duties include showering, dressing and eating.
Arrange and supervise activities designed to enhance physical, social and emotional wellbeing.
Cook and serve meals.
Wash and iron clothing.
Assist with household duties such as tidying and cleaning.
Provide emotional support and companionship.
Assist with self-medication such as taking tablets and applying creams.
Operate in a culturally diverse background with residents and co-workers.
Provide care and support for individuals with dementia.
Responsible, supportive and caring attitude
Respectful of the rights of others
Sensitive, patient, and understanding
Good people skills with the ability to relate well to the sick and frail
Accommodating to different personalities and abilities of residents
Certificate III in Aged Care
First Aid and CPR skills
Current driver’s license
Current police clearance
Work experience with Aged Care
Aged Care Facility (Nursing Home)
Community Residential Home
Hospital or Health Care Settings
Adult Day Care Programs
Career Extensions and Pathways
Ageing and Disability Services Coordinator
Allied Health Assistant
Aged Care Worker
Assistant Activity Group Coordinator
Being a Vounteer with Aged Care
How do Volunteers Change the World?
The impact on communities as a result of volunteer contribution is enormous. The hours of service delivery are measurable, the time given is measurable, and the financial equivalent in worker hours can be worked out. However, the impact made on people’s lives is not always measurable but is priceless.
Those of us who are lucky enough to work with volunteers are privileged to experience the effects these wonderful people have on our community. The client feedback, the smiles, the laughs, the people who can remain in their own homes as a result of our helping hands, the delight from a safe garden environment, the impact of a visit from a friendly face is simply amazing.
This ongoing devotion from our volunteers, on our community makes a difference. It makes a huge difference.
Those receiving a service from our volunteers are the obvious beneficiaries, but it doesn’t stop there. The pressure it takes off family members, neighbours and friends is enormous and touches their lives too, and it doesn’t stop there, the volunteers themselves gain a huge amount of satisfaction from volunteering. Why else would they do it?
The benefits to volunteers are huge, the feeling of self worth, the gaining of confidence, learning something new, meeting new people. These benefits are huge to an individual’s morale, and consequently the effect they have on those around them. Health benefits are enormous. Social interaction and physical activity can help banish a range of physical and mental problems.
Volunteers change their own worlds for the better, they change the world of others for the better, and this has a domino effect. Everyone benefits and as this spreads throughout our community, so our volunteers change our world.
Volunteers enjoying a picnic day out together.