Job Opportunities in Aged Care
The aged care industry is booming across Australia as more and more baby boomers enter their ‘golden’ retirement years, with forecasts expecting growth in this sector to continue for a number of years until residential care beds have absorbed demand.
This means more aged care jobs will become available for compassionate individuals seeking a rewarding career path which allows them to work closely with others in a friendly environment on a daily basis. Japara are regularly hiring new team members, so keep an eye on our careers page for an opportunity that could suit you. In the meantime, we’ve put together handy profiles on some of the most common aged care jobs below!
Personal care workers
Personal care workers are responsible for providing physical and emotional care to aged care residents. Reporting to the registered nurse or supervisor, the personal care worker assists in the physical maintenance of residents through assistance in daily hygiene tasks, exercise and any personal needs or requests the resident might have. Other tasks include, but are not limited to ensuring aged care residents have access to personal care activities, ensuring their personal information remains confidential and secure at all times, helping plan the facilitation of events within the facility and adhering to individual resident’s care plans. It is important for the care workers to also make sure they report any uncharacteristic behaviours, conditions or incidents to their superiors to maintain a healthy and happy environment within the facility.
The registered nurse is an integral part of any aged care facility and is tasked with the care of all patients’ physical and mental wellbeing and safety, whilst also coordinating more junior staff members to assist them. A large part of the registered nurse’s time is spent planning and monitoring the implementation of procedures and managing the time of their team members. Making sure the facility is sanitary and infection free is another important role of the registered nurse, to ensure the safety of residents and preventing any potential outbreaks. Qualifications for this role include registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency along with previous experience as a registered nurse in the aged care sector. This is a fulfilling and important role within the industry for those with appropriate qualifications, experience and compassion. It’s also one of the most common aged care jobs available.
For those with a passion for all things culinary, this is the role for you! The food we provide our residents is of strict quality and high nutritional standards, so the cook is responsible for upholding these values within the kitchen along with their kitchen and food service assistants. For this role, aged care cooking experience is an advantage based on the different needs for certain types of residents such as varied textures, modified foods and fluids. A minimum of a Certificate 4 in commercial cookery is required along with basic knowledge around regulatory bodies, legislative requirements and local state and council laws.
Leisure and lifestyle assistant
Becoming a leisure and lifestyle assistant is another viable pathway for those considering an aged care career, with this role all about engaging with residents and making sure there is always a spark of playfulness and fun in their lives. Mostly working on a casual or part time basis, leisure and lifestyle assistants must have a passion for aged care, as well as creating and organising the implementation of recreational activities for residents within their facility. Communication and interpersonal skills are important in such a role and experience in conducting dementia specific programs is a highly advantageous trait. Qualifications include a Certificate 3 in Leisure & Lifestyle and any experience in event planning or orchestration is also a major plus.
The role of the maintenance operator is one of the more varied aged care jobs, mainly involving the maintenance and physical safety of the aged care facility. Trade qualifications are necessary for this role as it involves many facets of work. Knowledge of and experience in the aged care environment is an advantage along with the ability to prioritise. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are necessary for this hands-on role as well as great customer service skills and experience with contract management. The maintenance operator will also have fire and emergency knowledge and the ability to maintain budgets as set out by the Corporate Central Office.
For more information on ACSAG, the high quality aged care services we provide and our current aged care jobs available across Australia, please visit us at japara.com.au or call us today on (03) 9649 2100 for a friendly chat with one our staff.