What's it like to be a Personal Care Worker?
Personal Care Workers are carers for aged, unwell and vulnerable individuals and their families. Personal Care Workers provide emotional and practical support, such as administering medication, providing transport to appointments, offering companionship, helping with household tasks and filling out paperwork.
Tasks and duties
- Providing personal care support.
- Administering medication.
- Helping with household tasks.
- Supporting clients to develop new hobbies and interests.
- Transporting and accompanying clients to appointments.
- Doing grocery shopping and preparing meals.
- Working with doctors and therapists to ensure appropriate support.
Personal Care Workers may need to work on weekends and holidays, and do shifts throughout the day and night, depending on their client’s needs.
What can I earn as a Personal Care Worker?
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How to become a Personal Care Worker
- Complete a vocational qualification in disability or community services. This may be a Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) or a Certificate IV in Disability (CHC43115).
- Ensure you have a current police check for your state. It’s also recommended to have a First Aid Certificate.
- It may be helpful to hold an unrestricted drivers’ licence. Check with your local traffic authority for more details.
- To get experience in the industry and to boost your resume, you can also volunteer with Seniors and Aged Care or Disability Services.
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