What I learned from working in aged care


Working in aged care comes with many challenges, and many rewards. Here are just a few of the things you’ll discover once you’ve finished your studies and are in the job. You’ll be surprised just what you will learn!


Never judge a book by its cover

Clients in aged care are all different. Not just in the care that they require, but in the abilities they have, the knowledge that they hold and the experience they’ve gained in life. Sometimes their bodies may not function like they once did, but their minds tell a different story! Everyone is different, and that makes life more interesting.


Everyone’s story is different

As you get to know your clients in aged care, their individual life stories start to unravel. Many have lived through famous historical events; others have travelled the world. Some fought in wars. They all made it this far in life to tell the story. Hearing different life stories gives you a whole new perspective on your own life.


A little goes a long way

A little care goes a long way toward the quality of life of an aged care client. Simple acts like having a chat and helping with chores around the home can make a world of difference to a client’s day. They say it’s the little things in life that are important, and working in aged care will show just that.


We never stop learning

Aged care clients have lived longer lives than most of us and have seen the world change so much in their time. As the world continues to change, it’s our role as aged care workers to help them navigate through the unknown parts. But their life experience can help us too. We can learn a lot from them, as they can from us.


If an aged care career sounds right for you, Selmar is the best place to start. Take a look at our aged care courses online or get in touch with our course advisors.

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