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What do Aged Care Workers do and how do I become one?
Aged Care Worker Job Description
Aged Care is one of the fastest growing careers in Australia. The government estimates that there will be more than 50,000 job vacancies in the five year period until November 2018!
Aged care workers have a variety of responsibilities depending on where they are employed. Carers can work in a care service facility, a community centre or even in their client’s own home. Some tasks are unique to a specific workplace, but there are also a lot of common duties.
Most support or personal care workers learn the skills required to work as a carer through experience and training. Courses like the Certificate III in Aged Care and the Certificate III in Disability are very popular with people looking for their first job in industry.
Many experienced carers also use these qualifications to formalise their skills so they can show a nationally recognised and accredited qualification to potential employers. In fact, more than half of aged and disabled carers have a Certificate III, IV or Diploma qualification.
So what exactly do aged care workers do?
Roles and Duties of Support Workers
Aged care workers support people who need assistance in their daily activities. One of their most important roles is to provide companionship and emotional support. This can be in the form of accompanying elderly or disabled clients to social events or even running errands for them.
Common skills and tasks among personal care workers for the elderly include:
- Advising families on nutrition, habits and bedside care
- Monitoring medication and vital signs with registered nurses and physicians
- Transporting the elderly and disabled
- Helping clients communicate
- Food preparation
- Making sure that clients’ personal hygiene is taken care of
- Organizing social activities
- Maintaining records and paperwork
Support workers who are based in their client’s residence also do the following:
- Running errands like buying groceries and supplies
- Housekeeping like general cleaning and washing clothes
- Assisting with the client’s mobility
Salaries and Pay for Aged Care Workers
The Government’s Job Outlook website indicates full time aged care and disabled workers earn a median weekly wage of $900. A typical workweek for full time aged carers is about 38 hours.
Jobs for Aged Care Workers
There are vacancies for carers in most areas in Australia because of the size of the industry. Click on your city, state or territory below to search for local job openings:
- Sydney and New South Wales (NSW)
- Melbourne and Victoria (VIC)
- Brisbane and Queensland (QLD)
- Perth and Western Australia (WA)
- Adelaide and South Australia (SA)
- Hobart and Tasmania (TAS)
- Canberra and ACT (ACT)
- Darwin and Northern Territory (NT)
Resume and Interview Tips
Do you have an upcoming job interview for an aged care position? Make sure you come prepared by knowing what questions to expect. Read “Interview Questions and Tips for Aged Care Jobs” to learn how you can impress your interviewer.
Or are you still looking for your first work experience? From volunteering in a local group to taking advantage of social media, there’s a lot of things you can do. Check out the guide on how to improve your resume and find the best employer for you in “Getting an Aged Care Work Placement”.
Aged care workers have one of the fastest growing and most rewarding careers in the country. Through their daily responsibilities, they are able to help some of the most vulnerable people in Australia and have the opportunity to form rewarding personal relationships which can be hard to do in other jobs.
If you are looking for a satisfying job and can imagine yourself doing the tasks required, then aged or disabled care could be the career for you.
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