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Today we bring you part five of our Be ambitious in
2017 series. This time we're looking at the aged care sector, an
area that continues to grow in tandem with our ageing population.
An aged care worker provides the physical and emotional support for
older people who require assistance with day-to-day living. Working
with older people can be physically and emotionally demanding, but it
can also be extremely varied and immensely rewarding. Your work can
take place in residential care facilities and, increasingly, in
clients' homes. Many older people prefer to remain in their homes,
something that governments actively encourage as it takes some of the
pressure off the demand for places in residential care facilities
which are costly to build and maintain.
Your work will involve home visits, organizing appointments and
transport for clients, attending network meetings and updating file
notes and other paperwork.
To become a successful aged care worker there are a couple of
personal qualities that will stand you in good stead. Principally
among these qualities is patience. Many every day activities often
take a lot longer for older people than they do for the young. Being
patient and calm will go a long way towards reassuring your clients
that you genuinely care about their needs. Other important qualities
are a caring disposition, empathy, flexibility, discretion, good
judgement and reliability.
To become a professional aged care worker you will also need some
level of formal qualifications.
III in Individual Support (Ageing) is a good starting point as
it has no entry requirements. This qualification will give you a broad
and basic range of factual, technical and procedural knowledge of the
practices and concepts required for providing person-centred support.
If you already have some experience in the aged care sector, the Certificate
IV in Ageing Support is a good study option. This qualification
is more involved than the Certificate III and covers areas such as
implementing falls prevention strategies, providing loss and grief
support and delivering care services using a palliative approach.
Think you might be a good fit for a career in aged care? Click here for
more information and to download our free aged care course guide.