‘Rewarding’ is one of the most common words used to describe what it’s like to work in aged care, but what are the rewards and who are the recipients of them?
Aged Care Workers Make People Happy
As an aged care worker your job is to improve the quality of life for your client by helping them with practical things around the home on a day-to-day basis. This could be assisting them with groceries, helping them to eat, shower and get dressed.
You’ll also provide emotional support and take time out to chat with your client, which is an important part of their day and one that can help keep feelings of loneliness and isolation at bay.
Seeing your clients smile and flourish under your care is just one of the rewards you’ll get while working in aged care.
Enrich Your Life Working in Aged Care
But it’s not just your clients who reap the benefits of having your input into their lives. You too will find it an enriching experience meeting your clients, who come from all walks of life and have experiences and stories to share.
Aged care workers often bond with clients and enjoy getting to know them over the course of the time spent working together.
Job Satisfaction and Security
With the rise in our ageing population, aged care is one of Australia’s fastest growing industries. It’s thought that by 2050 there will be an increase of 270% in an aged care workers, with 830,000 employees needed.
Change the Lives of Older Australians
The industry is growing and it’s changing. As an active member of this industry, you’ll be part of the collective voice that can advise on change and will play an important role in implementing new policies and procedures that will positively impact on the lives of older clients.
Globally there are exciting developments happening in aged care, such as the experimental village built in Amsterdam for dementia patients that have had excellent results for its clients. A similar facility is being proposed in Victoria which is great progress for clients, and the families of clients, who have been diagnosed with dementia.
Being part of a changing industry which adds value to the lives of fellow Australians is highly rewarding.
A Career With a Big Future
Along with growth and development comes experience and knowledge for aged care workers. Opportunities to step up into more senior roles will be available, which will offer financial rewards as well as job satisfaction.
Find out more about how you can study aged care and work in the rewarding aged care industry with Selmar Aged Care Education Institute.