Aged Care rewarding career option for all
16 May 2018
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By Deborah Watts, Diversional Therapist, Atawhai Rest Home
Aged care might not be the first thing you think of when you consider your career options, but I can’t think of a more rewarding environment to work in.
The aged care industry is a fast moving and exciting sector with lots of career opportunities. As the population ages, the need for enthusiastic, passionate and caring healthcare workers is on the rise.
Every positive action an aged care worker takes, every kind word they say, makes an incredible difference to the life of a resident. This applies to all roles, from healthcare assistants, who are the first to greet the residents in the morning and help them with their daily routine, to the Registered Nurses who care for their medical needs.
Our Business and Care manager, Deborah Dillon, who oversees everything and everyone in the rest home and beyond says, “care is a conversation”. Every resident is different, every family she meets is different and it’s Deborah’s job to liaise with the District Health Board, people in the community and other health professionals to ensure the needs of each individual are met at all levels.
There are plenty of other roles in the aged care sector that young school leavers might not have thought of. Like our talented chef, who has won the hearts of our residents through his homecooked meals and treats—especially when he surprises them with homemade profiteroles and lasagne!
Not many people would have heard of my role in aged care. As a diversional therapist, I am blessed every day with many opportunities to make a difference. It’s my job to keep our residents stimulated and put smiles on their faces by encouraging them to join in activities like gardening or craft, outings to places they used to go, or special events they derive pleasure from. Just because they live in a rest home doesn’t mean our residents can’t keep doing things they love to do.
Some caregiving, kitchen and housekeeping roles are also suitable for students who want to earn extra money while gaining experience. This is a particularly good option for young people thinking of studying nursing, as the experience will give them a great head start (and some funds).
There is something for everyone in the aged care industry and next week Atawhai and Oceania Healthcare will be at the Careers Expo to meet students and share our passion and experiences in the aged care sector.
Why not come visit us and meet the team?
Find out more about Atawhai Rest Home