One of our newly completed CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support students John Liddy discussing what it means to him to work in the area:
I’m in Aged Care and I love it because these people, although they are in their 70s, 80s and 90s, they’re still human beings. They still need care.
You’ll get one resident and she will ask your name every time she sees you, every time you go near her she will ask you your name, even though she has seen you hundreds of times but it’s just a delight saying “Hi Pat, I’m John,” and she will just laugh.
It’s things like that, and just providing that care, just taking time for them.
When I find myself doing nothing, I will just go to a resident and just talk for two minutes – even if it’s just dribble. But they like it. They like the attention.
Some of these people don’t get visitors. Some of these people do not get visitors and if they do get visitors they get them very rarely so we become their family.
It’s just important for anyone in aged care to take their time because one day we will be there and these people have contributed to society so at the end of their life they should be given quality of life.
We focus a lot on the young but our elderly tend to get pushed out because they’ve lived their life but they have contributed so much to our society.
They’ve provided jobs for myself, they provide experience.
A smile out of them is just beautiful. There was one lady who said to me “I’m sorry for bothering you” and I said “my job is personal care worker, emphasis on the personal care. If you need me to do something, just buzz me. That’s what I am here for. I’m not here for me.
At my place of work, we have a sign saying “The residents don’t live in our work, we work in their home”, something along those lines and it’s so true. I’m getting carried away but I just love my job, and I love the fact that these people teach me, they teach me, and every day I learn something new.
A lot of these people are my parents age. My parents have passed on but the people I care for would be my parents age and it just feels like I am taking care of my parents. I’m 61 so give me 15 to 20 years and I’ll be there myself so I treat these people how I would want to be treated.
I am so enthusiastic about what I do. Partners in Training were just great. My course, It was brilliant. My trainer was the best – she was just a fantastic teacher. I’m thankful to Partners in Training for giving me the opportunity to be able to do this.