Four things I’ve learnt in my aged care career
Working in an aged care career comes with many challenges, and many rewards. Here are just a few of the things you’ll discover once you’ve finished your studies and are in an aged care career. You’ll be surprised just what you will learn…
1. We all have a story to tell
As you get to know your clients in aged care, their individual life stories start to unravel. Many have lived through famous historical events; others have travelled the world. Some fought in wars. They’re all still here to tell the story. Hearing different life stories gives you a whole new perspective on your own life. Sometimes you’ll learn things that really change your outlook.
2. A little goes a long way
A little care goes a long way toward the quality of life of an aged care client. Simple acts like having a chat and helping with chores around the home can make a world of difference to a client’s day. They say it’s the little things in life that are important, and working in aged care you see just how true that is.
3. Never judge a book by its cover
Clients in aged care are all different. Not just in the care that they require, but in the abilities they have, the knowledge that they hold and the experience they’ve gained in life. Sometimes their bodies may not function like they once did, but their minds tell a different story! Everyone is different, and that makes life more interesting.
4. We never stop learning
Aged care clients have lived longer lives than most of us and have probably witnessed the world change in their time. As the world continues to change, aged care workers are there to help older Australians navigate through the unknown parts. Similarly, we can benefit from the life experience of the individuals in our care.