There’s never been a better time to become a care worker

There has never been a better time to start a career offering care and support to people who are aged or have a disability. In the next 25 years, the population of people over 65 years of age is expected to double, and those aged over 85 years of age to triple. That means the demand for care workers is rapidly rising. In addition, the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme into Australia will introduce thousands of people with disabilities to new support services.

A career as an aged care or disability support worker means you will enjoy supporting people in their living environment.

The work is not always easy, but the rewards are attractive and it will bring out the best in you. The needs of the people who use the Better Caring platform vary, so you will need to remain flexible, adaptable and positive in everything you do.

What is a care worker?

A care worker may be a referred to as a support worker, personal assistant, personal care worker, home and community care worker or assistant in nursing.

Care workers help people who are ageing, or those with a disability, improve their quality of life and wellbeing.

A care worker provides physical, social and emotional assistance to a person. This may include helping a person with personal hygiene, housekeeping, shopping or social activities.

What would I do?

You will work actively with people who are aged or have an intellectual disability, who may also have a physical disability who are living in their own private homes or a group home.

You will help develop and support clients to develop skills and abilities so they are more able to make decisions affecting their lives, live as independently as possible and to help them participate in the community. You will encourage clients to develop personal, community and social relationships.

You may also be needed to help them develop and maintain independence and safety in personal care, health care and hygiene (such as eating, dressing, toileting and bathing).

Where do care workers find employment?

Care workers are employed in a variety of care settings. Care workers may work in the community caring for a number of clients in their homes, privately, in a group home or in a residential facility.

As more people as they age prefer to remain at home, many care workers will be employed in the home and community care sector.

People with disabilities often like to get out of the home, and support workers can support their social and physical activities in the community and with family and friends.

Better Caring is not a traditional provider. We are a platform where people who want to provide care and support to clients, can connect directly with people in their community needing care and support. Through  Better Caring, you can set your own rates, hours and choose clients you want to work with.

What qualifications do I need?

The care sector is made up of various care employees and volunteers. Although it is possible to work without qualifications, many care workers are now achieving entry level qualifications.

Through Better Caring, you don’t need any qualifications or experience to offer social support or domestic assistance to clients, however you do require qualifications to offer specific services – such as medication assistance and nursing services.

Where can I get the qualifications to become a care worker?

Care worker courses are offered by private training organisations, TAFE or online through distance education.

Further qualifications can be obtained by studying:

  • Certificate III in Home and Community Care
  • Certificate II in Disability

What options are there for further studies and a long term career?

Care workers have excellent opportunities to further their career in the aged care and disability support sector. Care workers through further study may work as community case managers, respite coordinators, activity officers and in management positions.

Personal care workers may choose to gain further nursing skills and continue their studies to become an enrolled or registered nurse.

Further qualifications can be obtained by studying:

  • Certificate IV in Home and Community Care
  • Certificate IV in Disability
  • Certificate IV in Community Services (Leisure and Health)
  • Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse/ Div 2 Nursing)
  • Bachelor of Nursing

You can sign up to become a care worker here: https://bettercaring.com.au/care-workers/