Aged care workers provide emotional support and physical care to older people in residential establishments, private residences, clinics and hospitals who require assistance with daily tasks. They assist with the maintenance of domestic duties as well as personal care and the management of illness. They also provide vital emotional support and companionship, as well as promoting independence and community participation.
Aged care workers may work in private homes or in community establishments. They may be required to work shifts including early morning, late evenings, weekends and public holidays. Aged care workers provide assistance to clients based on defined care plans that take into account the client's specific needs with a view to improving their quality of life. As well as helping with personal and household activities, aged care workers should also monitor their clients for any changes in physical and mental health including a loss of mobility, increased discomfort, a decline in sight or hearing or signs of anxiety or depression.
Aged care workers will undertake a varied number of tasks that revolve around implementing care programs. Some typical duties include helping people with self-medication and providing support with health issues and daily living tasks like washing, eating, dressing, transport, shopping and budgeting. They also assist with the delivery of activities that enhance the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of the people in their care. In addition, they also provide companionship, cook and serve meals and clean the premises.