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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.

Aged Care Worker

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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Aged Care Worker roles in AUS were typically advertised between $50k and $60k over the last year.
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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), a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home & Community) (CHC33015), or a Certificate IV in Ageing Support (CHC40315) 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.
  4. To get experience in this industry and to boost your resume, you can volunteer with Seniors and Aged Care.

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Latest Aged Care Worker reviews

Latest reviews from 50 Aged Care Workers surveyed on SEEK
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Nov 2018
Aged care has its good and bad days but i keep going back for the clients and staff it is rewarding
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...
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Mar 2021
When you are doing your daily work in an Aged Care facility consider yourself being treated like you treat them..
Reviewer's Qualification
Higher School Certificate
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Cleaner
The good things
At the end of your shift it’s a nice feeling to see the satisfaction in the faces of the elderly that their home as it is “their home “ to be clean and tidy... also little things that you do for them ...
The challenges
The challenge is really with yourself. You have to make sure that the tasks are all done and done well. Yes time is always is a challenge but your time management has to be excellent...
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