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Workplace training initiative helps elderly people stay living at home longer

25 June 2018

A collaborative approach to workplace training is the key to enabling more people on the Central Coast live at home for longer and in some cases, prevent them from entering aged care.

TAFE NSW Gosford and Wyong Certificate III in Individual Support students are gaining valuable workplace experience with local Home and Community Care providers like Uniting, which is providing benefits across the Central Coast community.

Green Point resident Julie Clark is visited twice a week by Uniting Support Worker, Leah Budzin, for help with tasks such as domestic assistance and shopping, which Julie now struggles to do herself, but is understandably keen to stay living in her own home.

Empire Bay resident Reg Arnott also looks forward to his twice a week visits from Leah. In addition to domestic assistance, Leah also takes Reg to social outings which helps to keep him connected to his community now that he can no longer drive himself.

As a TAFE NSW Wyong student, Leah undertook practical workplace training as a component of the Certificate III in Individual Support and was subsequently employed by Uniting.

TAFE NSW Aged Care teacher, Renata Mears said, “Work placements for our Certificate III Individual Support students are a valuable way for them to gain the practical experience they need in order to gain employment in the aged care sector.”

“95 per cent of my graduates in semester 2 last year gained employment in the aged care industry either after or while undertaking placement,” Ms Mears said.

According to Uniting Home and Community Care Area Manager, Lyn Dallinger it’s a win-win situation. “We are very impressed with the quality of many of the students who have come to us as student placements, and for former students like Leah, it can lead to future employment as the need for aged care is expanding as people choose to stay living at home for longer,” she said.

“We provide a range of services to help support older people remain living independently, whether it’s help with domestic chores, getting showered and dressed, doing the grocery shopping or helping them to stay connected with their community by taking them on outings or to appointments. This is where our trained Uniting Aged Care Support workers are involved.

“Uniting also provides clinical support to people who are assessed with higher needs, such as home visits by registered nurses, professional physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and occupational therapists.”

People seeking more information about home support should visit the myagedcare website.

To enquire about enrolling in a Certificate III in Individual Support at TAFE NSW for semester two, phone 13 16 01 or visit the TAFE NSW website.


Home Care recipient Reg Arnott sits in his easy chair while Uniting Support Worker and former TAFE NSW student, Leah Budzin, does the vacuuming

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Uniting: Lee Webster
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Skaie Hull, TAFE NSW
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