Aged Care Careers: Because Everyone Deserves to Enjoy Their Golden Years
There are certain careers that earn a lot of money, others that have plenty of opportunities to succeed, and then, there’s the jobs like aged care that are rewarding, fulfilling and make a real difference to the lives of others.
Aged care comes in a variety of forms and not all of them are necessarily career-related. People can give up their lunch hours to do some shopping for the elderly living in their neighbourhood, or they can spend that time reading newspapers and magazines to the elderly in an aged care facility. This is admirable, but it’s the people who work in aged care full-time who really deserve our esteem.
We look at three types of aged care jobs available in Australia and how you can start a career helping the lives of others that need it.
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Aged Care Worker
Aged Care Workers are a bit like social workers in that they have specific clients with specific needs. Each client requires a unique care package which that aged care worker has to plan, implement and manage. In this career, your job will entail coordinating all of the support services (home care, transport, domestic services and nursing) your clients require. You will need to check in regularly to ensure that the services are up to scratch and that your clients are still as happy and healthy as can be. Aged Care Workers don’t always work in Aged Care Homes, and visiting the elderly in their own houses is rewarding, providing them their independence and helping them when they require it.
What Courses Can Lead to a Career in Aged Care?
If you want to become an Aged Care Worker, these courses can get you there:
Disability care workers need compassion and a never-ceasing attention-span. This can be a physically demanding job as you may have to carry your elderly clients to and from bed, lift them in and out of the bath and help them in and out of wheelchairs. It can also include things like cooking, cleaning, shopping and even gardening. In some cases, the jobs are temporary, such as when an elderly person has a broken leg or hip and just needs help until the bones have healed.
Or the job could only last as long as it takes an elderly person to recover from surgery. In other cases the jobs are more long-term, such as when you’re taking care of someone with a genetic physical or mental disability.
What Courses Can Lead to a Career in Disability Care?
You need limitless compassion and nerves of steel to go into palliative care for the aged. This is because, unlike other forms of nursing, many of your patients aren’t going to get well and walk out of the healthcare centre. Instead, they come to you to ease the ending of their life as peacefully and pain-free as possible. You will see a lot of pain and suffering (physical and mental), which means that you need to be a care provider, nurse and shoulder to cry on.
While this job might be difficult, it’s rewarding in providing support in a time where it’s needed the most, both to patients and their families.
Palliative carers are a type of Registered Nurse and despite this section of care earning less than the typical Registered Nurse salary; it’s for those with compassion, resilience and a caring nature.
What Courses Can Lead to a Career in Palliative Care?
If you feel that your calling is strong enough for you to cope with the rigours of the work associated with palliative aged care then you need to start studying. To become a Registered Nurse and work in Palliative Care, this usually requires a Bachelor of Nursing degree, or an equivalent level degree in a Health and Nursing related course.
If you’re just starting out in the field, there’s plenty of courses available that can lead to higher qualifications later on. The benefit of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), is that some courses can act as credits when completed to higher qualifications. Some of these health courses can be a great advantage if you’re looking to pursue this career:
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