Carer

Carers are employed in our residential and transition care centres. Their role is to provide direct care and personal support to residents, and to maintain a comfortable and safe environment for them. This may include personal care tasks, mobilising and transferring the resident between locations, ensuring they take correct medication and encouraging them to socialise.

Interviews with carers

Amanda Koekemoer (pictured above with resident Jane Farr) has been a carer at Parry Care Centre in Lesmurdie for four years – a job she couldn’t imagine living without. She also works as a part-time occupational therapy assistant and provides holiday administration relief. We asked Amanda to tell us why she loves her job so much.

Amanda, why did you choose to work in aged care?

I had to give up my secretarial job due to problems with my eyes, so I was looking for something new that didn’t involve sitting at a computer. I love being with children and the elderly, and I’ve always had a special empathy with older people, so aged care was an obvious option. When I joined Parry, I thought ‘Wow, I’ve found my calling!’

How did you come to join Amana Living?

I first worked for my Certificate III. Then one day I just happened to be walking down the road where Parry is situated and I knocked on the front door. There was a position available so I applied for it, and the manager who was there at the time was thrilled. She welcomed me with open arms! Since then, I’ve come to feel part of the Amana Living family – it has been wonderful!

What’s the best part of your job?

I was very fortunate to be selected to do a course on palliative care, and to be involved in setting up a palliative care team at the centre. This is by far my favourite part of the job. You feel a sense of presence, calmness and peacefulness during that last stage of life. It’s an honour to be there for someone at such a time. I would love to do this full time.

What advice would you give to young people considering aged care as a career option?

I see a lot of trainees and students come to Parry, and I’ve noticed that it’s those with real empathy who do well. I would say, remember that you’re doing a job for the residents, not for yourself or for money. This isn’t just a 7 to 3 job – care staff need to be generous with their time and not rush things. Respect is also vital. We are coming into the residents’ home, and it’s important to remember that.

What will be the next step for you?

To continue what I’m doing! I work for the love of it, and this job has become my life. I’m happy doing the OT and admin jobs too. In fact I’m very happy with my life as it is.

In this video, another Amana Living Carer, Ranjit (Rocky) Singh,  explains why he enjoys his work.