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Aged Care Worker

Provide support to elderly people by assisting with daily activities including eating, showering, dressing and cleaning.

What's it like to be an Aged Care Worker?

Aged Care Workers provide support to elderly people by assisting with daily activities and personal tasks. This often includes providing support with eating, showering, dressing, tidying and cleaning. Aged Care Workers can work from their client’s home or residential care facility.

Tasks and duties

  • Feeding, showering, dressing and administering medications.
  • Preparing meals and drinks.
  • Tidying and cleaning, including sanitising activities.
  • Engaging with family members to offer observations, instructions and updates.
  • Assisting with mobility, providing transport to and from medical appointment and light physiotherapy exercises.
  • Providing social support, such as escorting the client on outings to cafes, shops and going on excursions.
  • Following health and safety guidelines.
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One of the primary tasks of an Aged Care Worker is to arrange and facilitate activities designed to enhance the different kinds of wellbeing — emotional, social and physical. From games and gardening to reading and gentle exercise, Aged Care Workers help to ensure their elderly charges are cared for, happy and connected.

Aged Care Workers are generally friendly, patient and compassionate people who enjoy talking with elderly people as much as they enjoy assisting them with their tasks.

What can I earn as an Aged Care Worker?

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The most common salary for an Aged Care Worker is between $50k and $60k
Source: SEEK job ads

How to become an Aged Care Worker

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To become an Aged Care Worker you are generally required to complete a qualification in individual support or undertake a traineeship.
  1. Complete a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) (CHC33015) at a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation. This will give you a good overview of aged care, along with the safety, legal and ethical protocols you need to know when working with the elderly.
  2. Complete a traineeship at an aged care facility, under the direct instruction from senior Aged Care Workers.
  3. Consider completing a first aid certificate to be able to administer basic first aid if you find yourself in an emergency situation.

How do I choose the right course for me?

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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • First aid certification
  • Communication skills
  • Integrity
  • Willingness to learn
  • Thoroughness
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How do Aged Care Workers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 29 Aged Care Workers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
4.1
Career progression opportunities
3.5
Job security
3.6
Pay / Salary
2.9
Variety of work
3.7

Latest reviews

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Dec 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Business Administration
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Aged care worker
The good things
Be willing and wanting to do the job, and not doing it because that's what the job provider thinks you should do. Not everyone should and can do the job. If you want to help looking after people who n...
The challenges
Do extra dementia training, be willing to have a extra special listening and compassionate personality. But understand that no training in a classroom will give you the proper skills, till you are ac...
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Community Services (Aged Care Work)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
age care worker
The good things
If you love to be in a rewarding roll, keeping people company helping with their shopping or helping with day to day tasks,if you have a kind heart and love to hear their stories,then Aged care is the...
The challenges
The challenges would be the people that don't appreciate your help, or are not in the right frame of mind anymore to understand, this is very rare but its not their fault they are just on longer in th...
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in age care and support
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Ain age care
The good things
I enjoy being able to help with the daily tasks of residents ensuring that they feel safe loved and well cared for and being able to have their friendships. It’s amazing how you can make someone’s day...
The challenges
Challenges are always present your fixed for time so much to do. So many residents to look after and with many different needs. You have to be a team player
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Aged Care
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
In home care for aged and disability
The good things
In my job I feel like I make a real difference to people’s daily living. I get up every day excited to see what my day holds and what amazing people I will get to meet today. Some people are so lonely...
The challenges
Some clients can be a challenge and some behaviour can be confronting but I take it in my stride and work with the client. Some people don’t want help as they feel it takes away their indepdence. I w...
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
CCert 111 and 1111 age care
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
high care
The good things
I have met people from all walks of life and I have listen to their stories good and bad an built relationships that you can not replace. I just listen, communicate, care to of these people we look af...
The challenges
You must be flexible, a good communicator, never take things to heart, just be yourself and enjoy your surroundings because it reflects on others.
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Community Care (Aged and Disability Services)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Aged care
The good things
Mostly i get satisfaction with helping the elderly with extra services into the home and ensuring staff are well trained . There is nothing more satisfying helping a client who has no family get back...
The challenges
Finding people on the floor is hard but you get used to it. Its very rewarding when you save a life. Your day changes all the time you need to be a little flexible. And variety medications, showers, t...
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Aged Care
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
aged carer
The good things
Always work under staffed, over worked and underpaid. Shittest job ever tbh.
The challenges
Always working understaffed, over worked, and underpaid.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate 3 in Aged Care
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Good things about my role is I love what I do. I get to give back to those who have given so much for us. I love helping them with everyday tasks to get them thru the day. I also live tucking them int...
The challenges
Challenges are, dementia residents and there behaviours. Seeing the elderly crying because no one is visiting. Also going from day shift one week to afternoon shift the next.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Cert iv Health and lifestyle
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Would not recommend aged care work as a career path. Staff are not trained appropriately, pay is poor, good staff are not given any support, resources or respect from management. The only satisfying ...
The challenges
Poor pay rate Lack of support and resources Huge residents to staff ratios Working with staff that are severely under trained and do not have any emotional intelligence
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Aged Care Work
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Dementia care
The good things
Aged care is a very hard job ill be honest,but such rewarding job and worth while.To see an elderly person who is a little down or sad then you decide to cheer them up and they smile you know you have...
The challenges
Some of challenges can be quite hard working with some dementia patients who may be a little resistive when doing daily activities or personal care, you must always stay calm. Attending to some very s...
Source: SEEK Role Reviews

Working hours for Aged Care Workers

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
Often
Sometimes
Never
Source: SEEK Role Reviews from 29 Aged Care Workers

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