John would like others to consider the rewarding field of community care work. Now with a Certificate III in Aged Care and Disabilities from TAFE, his work mainly involves providing respite – transporting clients to medical and other appointments like shopping and taking them on social outings such as the movies. During his time with Wendy's Home Care, he has discovered that many elderly people and those with a disability simply need interaction and company. "The stories I've heard from people I've met are just really fascinating"
Like all new team members, Sandra was paired with a buddy to begin with "so you're not just thrown in the deep end", and appreciated working for a family-owned business, working locally and the training provided by the company. Then there was the 24-hour support from the office: "You can call at any time."
"It's amazing how much you hear about people's lives," she says. "You can learn about things that happened seventy years ago over a cup of tea, and it just blows your mind."
Sandra's work includes personal care like showering, light domestic duties, transporting clients to medical appointments and social outings, and generally engaging with people.
"Some people just want a cup of tea, for you to do a crossword with them or read to them and some people just want to see the outside world and walk around the shops. Some of these people don't see anyone – you might be the only person they see. "It is such a privilege to see these people every day. They come alive just to see you walk through the door and they're so thankful."
"Working with Wendy's Home Care gave me much needed flexibility when my children were young, allowing me to work while they were at school or night shift.
Get out there and give it a go! Don't be frightened of anything because the staff are there to help you and support you. You can also do as much training as you need and want – while still earning money."