Aged Care Worker

Aged Care Worker


There’s one thing that life
guarantees us. And, that’s we’re going to get older,
and as we get older and wiser, unlike Merv here, we’re going
to get less capable physically. And at that point you want to start thinking about getting some
help from someone who is able. Ideally a qualified aged care
worker. Today we’ve come to speak to Loretta to find out just what it’s like
to work in aged care. Don’t work too hard buddy. Aged care workers are the
every day quiet heroes that look after the people
that may need a little bit of extra help
looking after themselves. Whether it be administering
medication, bathing, helping them out with meals, or just
spending quality time with a person. – Loretta! Hi I’m Jesse.
– Hi. Pleased to meet you. I want to know a couple of
things about aged care do you think you could help
me out? Certainly. Come this way and
I’ll help you. So first up, can you just take
me through a typical day for an aged care worker? A typical day is getting residents
up, attending to their hygiene needs, feeding them, giving them
medication, wound care sometimes. And just maintaining their day
to day living, and make sure they
enjoy it as well. – So it’s kind of unpredictable.
– Very. What is the hardest part of
the job? The unpredictability and
also the fact that there is a lot of time restraints. You
don’t get enough time to be out with your residents
due to paperwork, which everybody has
to do these days. And what would you say the most
rewarding part of the job is? Seeing the residents happy at
the end of the day and seeing the families happy and,
just enjoying life. they don’t have a lot left when
they get to an aged care facility. So why did you decide to work
in aged care? My grandmother was in an aged
care facility when I was 14 and she wasn’t looked
after very well so, I felt that I could do better. Is there much work out there
if you wanted to work in aged care? There’s a lot of work out there,
there’s a lot of different avenues you can go. You can do
community work. You can do low care just in general.
You can do high care or you could do dementia as well and out in the
community you can go to agencies like Silver Chain.
Juniper also has bigger organisations, have community as well as in the
facilities, so there is a lot. And so if I wanted to work
in aged care, what’s one piece of advice
you would give me? You need to be the right sort
of person, you need to have empathy and you also need to be willing
to study and willing to learn and just be a hard worker and
have some good time management skills. And from school to today, what steps does
someone need to get to where you are? There’s lots of skills and there’s
lots of places that you can go and do these things, but I did my
cert three in aged care, my cert four in aged care, I completed a
front line management course which gave me the management
skills and the time management, and I also completed
my enrolled nursing. Well thanks so much for talking
to us today Loretta, but I think it’s time we go sit on those
couches and have a cup of tea. Certainly. If you’re an organised,
caring person and want to make other people’s
lives better, maybe look at aged care next time
you’re thinking about a career. For more, hit up my future.edu.au.

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