Aged care workers provide care, supervision and support for aged people in residential establishments, clinics, hospitals and private residence. Aged care workers assist with the maintenance of personal care, domestic duties and management of illness. They also provide companionship and emotional support, and promote independence and community participation.
Duties & Tasks
Aged care workers may perform the following tasks:assist people with self-medication
implement care programmes for those in residential establishments
provide in-home support with health issues and daily living tasks such as washing, dressing, eating, transport and budgeting
assist with the delivery of activities to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of those in their care
ensure those in their care are washed, dressed, fed and ready for educational and recreational activities
assist during domestic activities such as eating meals and showering
provide companionship and support during daily activities
cook and serve meals, clean premises, wash, iron and perform other household tasks
organise refuge accommodation
implement appropriate strategies for managing problems related to dementia
work with a team of health professionals, family, friends and carers to implement a programme of support.
Aged care workers work in private homes and community establishments. They may be required to work evenings, weekends and public holidays and may be required to live on the premises. Some positions may be casual.
patient, flexible and understanding
supportive and caring nature
commitment to the rights of the elderly to live dignified lives
able to accept responsibility
good communication skills
able to work as part of a team
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
able to perform domestic duties efficiently.