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Thinking of a career change after 50? The benefits of being a home care worker

Are you over 50 and looking for work which is more rewarding? Talk to us about caring for people at home

If you’re a compassionate and caring person and you want to make a difference in your community, home care may be a wonderful career change after 50. Caring for people in their own homes can be very rewarding work.

You’d be helping older Australians create a lifestyle they enjoy, in the comfort of their own home as they get older. Your relationship with these people may last for many years and this level of connection with others is unique to home care. Your caring role covers activities from helping them with the shopping, groceries and taking them to doctors’ appointments to enjoying social time one on one or out and about in the community.

Our home care workers in Adelaide and Victor Harbor enjoy a work-life balance. If you’re over 50, you’ll have life skills, wisdom and experience that your local community needs.

The benefits of being a home care worker

People across Australia are living longer and will need help at home as they grow older. Aged care, especially home care will continue providing opportunities and the service itself will continue to evolve to meet the needs of people in the community.

Work-life balance – you can work full or part time hours on the days you prefer

Community – you become immersed in your local community and contribute in a positive way

Rewarding – you’re helping older people live the best possible lifestyle they can, in the comfort of their own home where they prefer to be

Fulfilling – you’re caring for people and making connections, and seeing their lives improve with your help

Enjoyable – you will share many wonderful stories with your clients

Longevity – home care is a growing industry and you’ll have ongoing work

The qualities/characteristics you need to enjoy a role in home care

  • A compassionate and caring attitude toward the person you’re caring for. Sensitivity to their needs and as well as a confident guiding hand to help them where they most need it.
  • Resilience and a can-do attitude toward your caring role. The people you care for will all have different needs so finding out what works for them is part of the role.
  • You enjoy helping other people, especially older South Australians. These people have vulnerabilities, some more than others, and they rely on you to help them live the life they want at home.
  • Flexibility and adaptability – a caring role requires flexibility as people’s needs change and things may not always go to plan. You may need to adapt quickly to circumstances and the easier you can do this, the more you will enjoy your role as a carer.
  • You have a desire to give back to your community, contributing to the health and wellbeing of people. When the elderly are looked after well, it increases the wellbeing of the community as whole and we can all look forward to growing old with more ease.

Related article: Considering a Career in Aged Care? 5 Key Attributes of a Dedicated Aged Care Worker

Over 50 and interested in finding out more?

Call St Louis Home Care in Adelaide on 08 8332 0950 or our Home Care Victor Harbor team on 8552 1481 to discuss a role as a home carer. The first thing you will need is to complete a Certificate III in aged care which you can do while you are working. Call us and we’ll explain the details and discuss what a home care role involves.