What do Aged Care Workers do?
Aged Care workers help 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’ve got bucket-loads 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.
- Be 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 multi-tasker who can switch between jobs and prioritise effortlessly
- 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
- Carry out a variety of domestic duties and help your clients with mobility and personal hygiene
- Provide companionship and support (physical and emotional)
- Arrange social activities for your clients, help them to take part, get them there and back safely
- Run errands, 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
Lifestyle Impact: Medium – Low
- Part Time opportunities: High (67% of Aged Care Workers work part time – Source: joboutlook.gov.au)
- Average hours for full-time workers (average 43 per week)
- Aged Care Workers salary (average) $57,500 per year (Source: com.au)
- Future career growth: Very Strong (Source: joboutlook.gov.au)
- Whilst this isn’t a job where you can work from home, there are lots of part-time and flexible working opportunities. There’s also a variety of places you could end up working, including in the community within your client’s own home.
Aged Care Workers are most in demand in these locations:
Due to our ageing population, there is already a huge demand for Aged Care Workers and it’s predicted to keep on rising. Currently listed as the third most in demand career (August 2020), there are jobs within this sector Australia-wide.
How to become an Aged Care Worker in Australia
Most employers prefer that you have a relevant qualification and the necessary checks to enter a career in Aged Care.
Step 1 – Successfully complete Year 10 with a pass in English.
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 volunteer at aged care facilities or within your community.
Note: This may not be an option during the pandemic as the health and wellbeing of vulnerable elderly is a priority. But there are still ways you can get involved and help to care for the elderly within the community, e.g. Care Army, Volunteer Australia, BUPA, Meals on Wheels.
Step 3 – Find a course that will provide you with the necessary qualifications. E.g.:
Certificate III in Community Services with TAFE or another RTO
Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) with TAFE or another RTO
Certificate IV in Ageing Support with TAFE or another RTO
Some courses can be carried out as blended learning with the lessons online and practical placements on-site.
Note: If you are under 18 and you’d like to apply for some these courses, your enrolment form may need to be signed by a parent or guardian. (Minimum age 16).
Step 4 – You may have to complete practical training as an element of your qualification e.g. 120 hours within a community care and residential care setting, which you’ll be assessed on.
Step 5 – Obtaining a National Police Check may be a requirement of volunteering and work placements, you’ll definitely need one before you can start working.
You might also be required to get a first aid certificate and do a manual handling course.
If you’d like to be based in the community or care for the elderly in their own homes, you’ll probably need a drivers’ license too.
Step 6 – Once you’ve started working and got some experience you can apply for various roles withing Aged Care from operational to management positions. You could even train as a nurse or physical therapist.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Do I need qualifications to become an Aged Care Worker?
Whilst not always essential, it is highly recommended that you get a relevant qualification, and some employers could list it as essential criteria for job applications.
Where do Aged Care Workers work?
Aged Care Workers could work in the community in day facilities, clinics or visiting private homes. They can also work in residential facilities and some hospital departments.
Is an Aged Care Worker a good job?
Working in aged care could be great if you’re looking for a stable and reliable career that can also offer room for growth. It is an ideal vocation for people who are compassionate and committed to helping elderly people live dignified lives.