In 2018, there is an estimated 436,366 Australians living with dementia. Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to increase to 589,807 by 2028 and 1,076,129 by 2058! With these scary statistics, we all need to understand more about how to deal with this devastating disability.
"Really enjoying the course! I’ve learnt so much in such a short time. I can’t wait to pursue a career in this industry; it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m very glad this course was recommended to me, I’ll be recommending it to my friends and family too." - Mikala
This online course will provide you with an understanding of how to effectively support a person living with dementia. You will develop an understanding of the nature of dementia, and appropriate support strategies for people living with dementia.
You will also develop an understanding of how dementia can influence a person’s behaviour,and how you should respond to dementia-related behaviours of concern appropriately.
Finally, you will look in detail at appropriate strategies for communicating with people with dementia, and the importance of planning and providing meaningful activities when supporting a person with dementia.
More than one-quarter of a million people (282,000) were using residential care (permanent or respite), home care or transition care services in Australia on 30 June 2018. In addition, in 2017–18 more than 783,000 people were assisted in their home under the Commonwealth Home Support Program. This is a growing industry with considerable job opportunities across Australia.
Please check with your state department for the relevant checks and permissions that may be required to work in this industry.
Common Duties in Aged Care
The job role and responsibilities outlined in your job description are referred to in broad terms. If an attempt were made to list every specific function you are required to perform in your work, the document would be many pages long.Your job description refers to your central duties as a support worker however,the position necessarily implies a wide range of duties that may include:
• Direct provision of support
• Maintenance of client records
• Maintenance of financial records and accountability
• Maintenance of a safe and healthy workplace
• Maintenance of stock, plant and equipment
• Provision of first aid
• Responding to emergencies
• Medicine administration
• Maintenance of confidentiality
• Service cleaning
• Meal preparation or supporting others to do so
• Correspondence management
• Contributing to ongoing monitoring and review of policies, procedures and protocols
• Vehicle management