What Do Aged Care Professionals Do?
What is Aged Care?
What qualifications do I need?
If you wish to enter the aged care industry, a great place to start is the Certificate III course. Taken either online or in-class, this entry level qualification will equip you with the skills required to assist the elderly with their personal care and hygiene needs. You will also be taught how to help them maintain independence in their daily lives, how to understand healthy body systems and how to assist with medication administration. You will also learn how to support people with dementia, as well as providing emotional and social support to the aged.
A Certificate IV expands upon what you learned in your Certificate III course. It will equip you to work with those who require complex management and special assistance. You will also be qualified to work with groups of older people to help improve their independence and community participation. In addition, you will be able to liaise with health care professionals regarding the care of the elderly people you’ll be working with.
It’s worth noting that some courses include a work placement to give students some experience before entering the industry.
“Working in aged care can be emotionally and physically challenging. But knowing you are making a positive difference in the life of the aged can be incredibly satisfying.”
Where will it take me?
A career in aged care can lead to many different positions. With a Certificate III qualification, you can expect to work as an Aged Care Assistant, Assistant in Nursing, Care Worker, Home Care Assistant, Personal Care Assistant or in Residential Care Work. With a Certificate IV, typical positions include Accommodation Support Worker, Assistant Coordinator, Care Team Leader, Personal Care Worker, or in Respite Care.
If you wish to step into managerial roles, become a nurse or provide workplace training, you will require further qualifications, either at Certificate or Diploma levels. A Certificate III in Health Administration is a great course to enable you to move into the managerial side. You will learn various skills including using basic medical terminology and maintaining patient records. These skills can be used in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community health centres, and private practice. If you wish to become a Registered Nurse, you will need an undergraduate degree.
It’s expected that more than 50,000 new jobs will be created for aged and disabled carers between 2013-2018. That means that it’s the perfect time to get your qualifications. If you’re looking for a profession that is challenging and rewarding, then a career in aged care may be just what you’re looking for.