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Cazking

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Sun May 01, 2011 7:05 pm

Hi, I am a 44 year old mother of 3, wishing to start a career in aged care. I have been in hospitality for the past 20 years, and cant wait to change my career! I am applying to go through tafe for a year course .I have always been interested in aged care and also palliative care, but don`t really know what to expect from the course... Any advice would be appreciated.

gizjiz

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May 02, 2011, 04:24 pm

Hi Cazking. Congrats on making the career change..You will love the course I did not not go through tafe, I missed out on a six month course with them, so I went through a training college which ran for twelve weeks.. But I loved it. I was 53 when I did my course so you are a spring chicken.. I know being a mum of three and it is difficult to juggle. And of course depending on ages of your children, can you offer yourself to do some volunteer work that in it self gives an insight to the goings on in a nursing home, Google your local government websites and council sites, an excellent source of information. And if you can get hold of a copy The Australia Carer by Helen Croft. Good luck..

Cazking

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May 02, 2011, 05:25 pm

Hi gizjiz,

Thanks for the information, I will go to the library tomorrow and try to get a copy of The Australia Carer. (We are off to Bali on Wednesday so would love to have some reading) I hope I can get into this course, It opens for enrollments on June 14th. Did you get a job straight away after your course?

My boys are all late teens, so now it is my time to do something that makes me happy, and I am sure caring for the elderly will be a great start.

Thanks for your input.

silawet

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Jun 03, 2011, 10:17 pm

hi. im allmost finished a cert 111 in aged care and a cert 11 in home and community care course dual certificate, its a 12 week course,.
im 45 and a mum of three one who is mildly intillecually disabled but grown now.
i was fearful of starting a course at my age after being a mum for so many years but im surprisingly doing very well.
there are many options available for you to work in varying sectors of the aged care community when finished and its also a very rewarding job to be entering into.
we have 6 weeks left on our course, i must admit im a bit nervous about the prac work but looking forward to it too,
my dual course is run by tracy,s employment centre.
good luck if you choose to do the certificate, and im sure you will do well, if i can anyone can,
it will be my first ever certificate as i did,nt finish school..
wish you the best,.sil.

gizjiz

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Jun 04, 2011, 04:18 pm

Welcome aboard silawet.. Congrats on doing your cert 3. Cert 3 covers community care here in QLD. I was 53 when I completed my cert 3 and it is daunting but hey you are half way through. Don't be nervous about doing your placement you will be fine take all the knowledge on board and enjoy.. Good luck and yes feel proud that you are achieving something as I deed I left school at a early age too.

Cazking

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Jun 05, 2011, 08:43 am

Yes Congratulations Silawet,

I cant wait to start my new career.. It is so good woman of our age are getting out there and going for it. I too left school at a young age and Hospitality is the only thing I have ever done. I am wanting to go as far as I can with it and possibly go on to Enrolled nursing.

I also wish you all the very best.

sharronread

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Jun 18, 2011, 01:55 pm

Hi, My name is Sharron and I am 35 years old and have three boys aged 10, 5 and 3. I have started a Certificate III in Aged Care in May and am doing it through the local Learning Centre in Kerang, Victoria where I live. We meet every second Tuesday and do alot of the work at home and will hopefully have the course completed by December. We have just completed our Level 2 First Aid certificate and have done the first 4 sections in the learner study guide. Would love to find some people that are in the same boat as we are doing alot of the work at home.

donniiw

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Feb 27, 2013, 01:59 pm

Hi, I have just started my cert 3 in aged care. It's a lot harder than I thought it would be but I will give it my best shot! The first 2 modules are hard with all the jargon that they use...it's all new to me!

kessa

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Mar 03, 2013, 09:37 pm

hi, im kerry im 53 i have been in retail for 17 years and have been careing for my sister who is deaf and mentally delayed,as my mum is now in a nursing home ,someone had to take over where mum left off with my sister,i have been doing this for 3 years and recently decided to do age care cert 111,just started,i am enjoying it,but also nervous to finish it.hope i do well in this.

brooke26

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Mar 25, 2013, 12:18 am

Hi im brooke im about too start cert 3 agecarr  in a traineship very nervous im 26 wity 2 girls 3 and 1 worked in disability before so just school side of things amy advice ladys ?? is it hard how long does it take xxx

deecee13

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May 25, 2013, 12:25 pm Last edited May 25, 2013, 12:25 pm update #1

Hi, welcome to all of you as you embark on your new career.  I have been in Aged Care for about 11 years after burning out of IT of 10years.  The Cert III is a great intro into the profession of caring in general.  With new legislation changes over the past decade you will encounter some of the old stereo typical attitudes about Nursing Homes and the profession, try not to adopt those negative thoughts.  Those Aged Care facilities receiving funding from both the State and Federal Governements usually have to receive accreditation from a formal body in order to receive their funding.  It is a tough standard to achieve but they must comply and that makes a better place for the residents. The majority of these facilities are run by charitable organisations and perhaps offer the best place to learn the ropes.  Be prepared for low payrates though.

Once you have about 6 mths to 1 year experience you should have learned enough to work in just about any facility.  Your valuable experience will stand you in good stead for Community Care as well but you usually work by yourself in the community sector.  Be flexible in the working environment as you maybe asked to work between High care/Low care/Hostel and community or disability services and you will learn new skills almost daily, don't worry you can do it. Just like looking after your grandmother.

Now that Julia has announced the new NDIS there will be opportunities popping up all over the place so be prepared to get that experience if you enjoy that sector.

After you complete your Cert III, do as much extra training as possible as the health sector is almost at your feet.  Other opportunities will become evident in case you find Aged care/Disability services are wearing you out.  Some hospitals employ Cert III's to care for the elderly in short-term stays,  then there are Hospices with Palliative care, and it isn't a hard to leap into pathology either, or ancillary services such as Physical Therapy Assistants with a little extra study.  I congratulate you all for taking this step after being so long in other careers, I was 47 when I started and after 6 years in a facility and four years in community you can enjoy many years of meeting the needs of others, making some good friends, avoiding the B******g and being the centre of some lonely person's world sometimes.  One final thing.. ALWAYS leave the client/resident with a smile on their face, it maybe the only thing that brightens their day. :)

modified: Saturday 25 May 2013 12:32:29 pm - deecee13

donniiw

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Aug 14, 2013, 08:58 am Last edited Aug 14, 2013, 08:58 am update #1

Hi all, I changed training providers for my aged care cert 3 course as I was getting no help whilst doing it external at home. I began again on 3rd of May and I start my work placement on Monday! I can't wait and I'm so proud of myself...I am a married 39 year old with 2 kids, 9 & 10..life is too short and I'm finally going to be working where I know I can help people and make a difference...good luck to everyone else in this group

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modified: Wednesday 14 August 2013 8:58:59 am - donniiw

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