aged care

True Stories: Sarah Delaney – learn valuable skills in community work

Sarah Delaney editedI work with the Australian Foundation for Disability (AFFORD) as the Team Leader for the Community Participation Program at Jamisontown.

The Community Participation Program gives adults living with disability the opportunity to learn valuable life skills such as cooking, shopping and using public transport, whilst also having a great time with music, art, sport and community activities. Each person in the program is encouraged to be the best they can be and to have fun while achieving their goals. Jamisontown has 20 clients and 6 staff.

I haven’t always worked in disability. When I left school I went to Business College and became a secretary, progressing after 5 years or so to the level of executive secretary in a company which manufactured metal cutting tools. While I really enjoyed the work, I was over the office politics and felt I needed to try something new.

Growing up, my grandmother had lived with us all my through my childhood and we had cared for her,

True Stories: Emma Riley – Making a difference through physiotherapy!

During my physiotherapy training I had a placement in disability and I really enjoyed it, so I decided to explore this area further by volunteering at an organisation called the Self-Help Group for Cerebral Palsy in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was an amazing, eye opening and fulfilling experience that I intend to repeat.

In a typical daEmma Rileyy for me at work I will usually have a visit booked to a see a client at their home, school, workplace, or maybe a playground. I need to first prepare for the visit by gathering appropriate materials, assessments, toys and relevant information on the client.

At a visit (depending on where we are up to) we discuss the client’s needs, functional goals, current level of achievement, and in conjunction with the client/family/carers, we discuss ideas of how we might address the goals set, then follow-up on progress.

True Stories: Belinda Bennett – A Sense of Family and Community!

Belinda Bennett edited

I work for Disability Services Australia (DSA) travelling between Queanbeyan and Goulburn regularly as an Employment Consultant for a Transition to Work program.

I began work in the aged care sector 9 years ago as a Paid Care Worker in a nursing home and I have since progressed my career by taking on a number of roles including Personal Carer in aged care, Activities Officer for elderly people, and Diversional Therapist.

I started working in aged care when I was quite young and found that I really loved it for the social interaction with different people, and the sense of family and community.