Many a time we find ourselves at a crossroads in our career, looking for better opportunities but not knowing where to go or what to look out for. If you are a healthcare professional at such a juncture in your profession, why not explore the option of taking up a career in Home and Community Care? You could choose to become a leader in the expanding area of Aged Care, or the care of people with disabilities.
This is a career where you can make a real and lasting difference in the lives of individuals and their families, and you can build up positive caring relationships with those in your care and your co-workers. Home and Community Care nursing is an easy career to choose if you have the inclination for this career path, and you can even gain experience while on the job. There are plentiful opportunities in this field in Australia- one of the most beautiful countries in the world to live and work in. And there is no better time to make a start than right now!
A Home and Community Care course is designed to train carers in providing basic support services to older people, people with a disability and their families so they can continue living independently at home, or in a residential facility. The elderly may need support to participate in social activities, and assistance to keep up with essential activities such as shopping, banking and maintaining social contacts. Depending on the degree of their incapacity, they may need assistance with everyday household tasks, and even some amount of assistance in personal care activities such as showering and dressing. Healthcare needs will also need to be taken care of.
Very often the care cycle for the elderly starts with low-level care at their home, as they would be most comfortable in their own familiar surroundings. As their needs increase, they may require more intensive high-level care. They may then continue into a residential aged care facility, usually as a permanent resident. Appropriate care services will be required in each of these situations, and training is required that will help you to impart the necessary care whether at home or in a nursing facility. You will need to have the ability to provide understanding and empathetic compassionate care, where you will often be putting the needs of your clients before your own. You will also need to have physical stamina and the capacity to deal with the physical needs of patients.
To embark on a career in this field, you must undertake a Home and Community Care course at a reputed institute. This course will train you to work effectively with elderly and disabled people, attend to their day-to-day and healthcare needs, and help them live their lives with dignity and independence. The Certificate III in Home and Community Care is an entry level qualification for this sector of healthcare, and has no prerequisite levels of competency. It opens the doors to a very rewarding career where you can give back to the community, and can enrich the lives of those who are under your care. Further study in this field will allow you to take on managerial or senior work roles, which will give you an entry to the Diploma of Nursing as an Enrolled/ Division 2 Nurse.