What is it like to be an Aged Care Support Worker?

What is it like to be an Aged Care Support Worker?

Aged Care Support Workers look after the health and wellbeing of clients in aged care facilities, or help to maintain the independence of those wishing to remain in their own homes. They assist clients with such tasks as personal care, domestic duties and mobility. Aged Care Support Workers also provide companionship and emotional support to improve their quality of life.

Tasks and duties

  • Communicating with clients about their care and support requirements
  • Writing personalised care plans in consultation with clients.
  • Making home visits and assisting with such tasks as food preparation, personal hygiene and dressing, washing and cleaning
  • Assisting clients with shopping, running errands and social outings
  • Providing companionship, friendship and emotional support
  • Organising appointments, transport, and change in services for clients.

How to become an Aged Care Support Worker

Most Aged Care Support Workers learn the skills required to work as a carer through experience and training. Courses at the certificate level are the most popular courses for those looking for their first job in the industry.

Skills and Experience Employers are Looking for

  • Individual Support
  • Personal Care
  • Aged Care
  • Preparing Rosters
  • Email
  • Community Care
  • Positive Attitude
  • Driver’s License
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Community Services 

Study with HIVE

HIVE offers both the Certificate IV in Ageing Support (CHC43015), and the Certificate IV in Disability (CHC43115). 

Learners who commence the Certificate IV in Ageing Support (CHC43015) will learn to take responsibility for your own outputs within defined organisation guidelines and maintain quality service delivery through the development, facilitation and review of individualised service planning and delivery. Learners will be required to demonstrate leadership and have limited responsibility for the organisation and the quantity and quality of outputs of others within limited parameters.

Graduates at this level will have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for specialised and / or skilled work and/or further learning. Careers may include:

  • Accommodation Support Worker
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Care Supervisor 
  • Program Coordinator – Social Programs
  • Care Team Leader
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Day Activity Worker
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Support Worker.

This article was originally published on Seek.