Taleah Holm knows how important it is for the more vulnerable people in the community to be able to have a sense of independence and social connection.
She witnessed it first-hand in her own life, supporting her younger brother with a disability that enabled him to live his life to the fullest. This steered her on a path of wanting to help others in similar situations
Taleah entered the aged care workforce, using her compassion and skills to assist other community members to live as independently and safely as possible in their own homes. Taleah joined Blue Haven Community Care as a Support Worker and says she’s found a career that she is passionate about.
When Blue Haven asked its staff if there was anyone who wanted to improve their skills by completing a Certificate IV in Ageing Support, Taleah put her hand up.
“It’s very convenient being able to do the course through my workplace,” she says.
Blue Haven Community Care is working in collaboration with UOW College to upskill its staff with a custom-designed course that will meet the needs of its residents, clients and staff.
Taleah says with UOW College delivering the content of the course at the workplace, she is still able to continue to work while putting new skills into practice without delay”.
“This was always something I wanted to do, but financially it was out of reach,” she said.
“As soon as I heard there was an opportunity take the course, and it was fully funded, I enrolled.”
“I’m 27 now and haven’t done any study since I completed my Certificate III in Aged Care 10 years ago. Although homework was a bit daunting at first, the support we receive means I’m on top of it all.”
“We have three trainers who are all fabulous and provide us with great resources.”
Taleah said the new skills she is learning are already helping in her role as a Support Worker and she believes it will enable her to give clients the best possible outcomes.
“What I love about this job is witnessing my clients achieving outcomes and goals,” she says.
“My job entails going to clients’ homes and helping them do everyday tasks such as showering, transport, shopping or just social appointments, and those little things can help them stay independent and maintain their movement”.
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CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support