MOTOKO OKEEFFE

Home Care Support Worker, Glenview Community Services, TAS

I’ve worked in aged care for seven years.  At the time, I was living with my mother-in-law who had a stroke and was being cared for by my husband and myself. This experience gave me insight into how fragile we can suddenly become, and if there is no family to look after a family member then that person will need care.

I’m currently a home care support worker with Glenview Community Services, and I help clients to stay at home.  It’s a job I enjoy because I can use my experience and background to help other people, help them to retain their dignity and desire to remain in their own home.

Our clients enjoy my company.  I can be their friend and be with them during the last stage of their lives.  I get to know their history and listen to their stories, and gain by learning about all the experiences they have had. 

My job has taught me how fragile we can suddenly become, and the importance of appreciating life while still capable.  It has offered me the opportunity to help people keep their dignity and allow them to take part in their daily routine as much as possible - as I would like to be treated if I was in their position. 

I’ve learned that to get the most out of working in aged care you have to be happy with a positive attitude, a good listener, be able to judge people's needs and have empathy.  

It’s a wonderful industry to work in, and rewarding to know that you have been helpful to someone whose wish is to remain in their home.

 

 
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It’s a wonderful industry to work in, and rewarding to know that you have been helpful to someone whose wish is to remain in their home.