Why work in aged care?
So, you’ve finally received your qualification – or perhaps you’ve been in the workforce for a while now and you’re looking for something different?
What about a career in aged care?
There are several reasons why you should consider aged care for your next role:
1. Enjoy job security
Staff working in the aged care sector enjoy an enormous amount of job security as the number of older people who require around-the-clock care continues to increase.
The number of people who will need to move into an aged care home is set to double by the year 2050 and the Australian aged care services workforce will need to almost triple to 980,000 by 2050, meaning there will be plenty of roles available in the industry for years to come.
Sources: ABS, McCrindle, joboutlook.gov, seek.com.au, training.com.au
2. Make a difference to the lives of older people
Everyone who works in aged care plays a role in supporting and caring for older people and providing them and their families with peace of mind. Our staff take pride in how they contribute to helping our residents and clients live their best life.
3. Work close to home
With over 280 aged care homes in South Australia, you can choose a workplace that is as close to home as possible. Eldercare offers jobs at its 11 aged care homes located across greater Adelaide and the Yorke Peninsula and its head office based in Eastwood.
4. Choose from different roles and employment options
Aged care providers need more than nurses and carers – hospitality, administration, allied health and property maintenance staff are vital to help provide our residents with high quality care.
Full-time, part-time and casual employment opportunities in aged care, as well as having the option to work morning, afternoon or night shifts, offer you the flexibility to manage your personal responsibilities and give you work/life balance.
5. Maximise your take-home pay
Working for a not-for-profit aged care provider means that you can access salary packaging benefits, where almost $16,000 of your salary is tax-free and the money that would have been spent on tax goes into your pocket.
This is a legal benefit which is given to employees of not-for-profit organisations who are exempt from fringe benefits tax (FBT). You can also receive tax-free dollars to be spent on meals, entertainment and holiday accommodation and take out a novated lease to finance your car using a combination of pre- and post-tax dollars.
6. Keep learning and participate in professional development
Continuous improvement is expected in all aspects of providing aged care services, including the development of staff as this ensures older people are receiving best practice care.
Eldercare is proud of its comprehensive training program as employees receive in-person training on manual handling and using our clinical system, as well as online training on supporting people with dementia, diversity and inclusion and equal employment opportunity.
Read more about the additional benefits available to Eldercare employees and explore Eldercare’s current job vacancies.