Students from around the region will soon celebrate their completion of their training in the aged care sector with TAFE NSW – Western Institute after intensive training.
The students, from local aged care facilities, participated in the program which was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing which, around the region involved 41 workers in local aged care facilities.
With the program now in its second year these workers have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake training, at the work site, in several qualifications including the Certificate IV in Aged Care Work and Certificate IV in Lifestyle and Leisure.
Alex Ruse from TAFE believes that this training is making important progress in upgrading the skills of workers in aged care facilities and consequently improving the experiences of aged people in care in the region.
“The participants have said they are able to put their new skills into practice immediately and their supervisors have reported that there is a significant difference in how much the workers understand about their jobs and their motivation to deliver quality service.”
The introduction this year of the Lifestyle and Leisure course has been a welcome initiative allowing some of the aged care workers to obtain dual qualifications and ensuring that the aged care facilities have an increased capacity in the coordination of activities and diversional therapy.
Many facilities have already seen the benefits from the training with many new initiatives adopted including creating memory books for clients with dementia and organising gardening programs, footy tipping competitions, swimming, a morning at the movies, sing-a-longs, painting and story telling.
The students learned about the value of these activities as they took part in an exercise of ‘being a resident’ where they experienced what it is like to be a resident living in their facility.
Workers participating in this program came from facilities in Cowra, Forbes, Dubbo, Mudgee, Lithgow, Portland and Bathurst.