Working in Home Care

Looking after people who are elderly, or living with a disability, by providing care, support and respect can be an incredibly rewarding occupation for many.

In-home care provides home care services for people who are elderly or living with a disability. It also provides a very rewarding career path for a person who is compassionate, caring and dedicated to helping others.

If you’re passionate about caring and making a difference, are dedicated to helping others and a good communicator, then the care sector could be the ideal career for you.


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What Does a Home Care Worker Do?

In-home care is different from nursing home care in that trained care staff go into a person’s home and assist them in maintaining their health and independence for as long as possible.

When a person is in their own home, they are often more comfortable, surrounded by familiar things and stay healthier for longer. Thus, the goal of in-home care is to help keep people in their own homes for as long as possible.

In-home care providers can offer care for 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

Caring tasks include:

  • Accompanying clients during daily activities
  • Assisting with mobility and transportation
  • Food preparation and shopping- Arranging or accompanying on social activities and outings
  • Performing household tasks such as cleaning, washing, ironing, folding clothes
  • Assisting with personal care and hygiene
  • Performing personal care tasks such as showering, dressing, shaving, doing hair and makeup- Providing friendship and emotional support- Running errands, taking on outings etc

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What Are the Benefits of Being a Home Care Worker?

Working in the care industry is challenging and tiring but can also be one of the most rewarding careers for the right kind of person.

Job Growth Opportunities

Like most first world countries, Australia’s ageing population is set to grow significantly in the future and with the introduction and expansion of NDIS services, has resulted in a demand for disability support workers.

The average age group for a care worker currently is 45 to 55 years, and so it attracts many people looking for a career change or an opportunity to return to work. Whilst currently, 80% of carers are female, there is a growing trend for male care workers.


Workplace Flexibility

Caring roles offer flexibility with both full-time and part-time opportunities. This suits many people who are juggling families, returning to work after finding themselves empty nesters, also those leaving highly demanding corporate careers for more rewarding roles with strong personal contact.

Often carers can find placements close to home, limiting travel time, which in a large city like Sydney, can be a huge advantage.

Working with People

A care worker must have strong communication skills, a positive outlook, a high level of professionalism, and natural empathy.

Working in the care industry will bring laughter, tears and lots of learning as you become an integral part of a client’s life.

So, mentally and emotionally, a care worker must have the compassion needed to work in an emotionally challenging environment.

Training Requirements to be a Care Worker

Becoming a care worker requires the right training. You must complete a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) at TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation. education and training overview for Australia.

You then need to complete practical training as part of the course requirements. Additional requirements are an up to date First Aid Certificate and CPR training.

Questions to Ask Before Becoming a Care Worker


  • Do you like being physically close to people?
  • Do you like being physically close to people?
  • Do you like close personal contact with people?
  • Do you like working as part of a team? You may find yourself working with a wider team of allied health or medical professionals
  • Are you accurate and exact, and can report/record things correctly?
  • Can you manage flexibility and change at short notice?
  • Can you work efficiently in PPE (personal protective equipment) and follow safety protocols?
  • Can you work unsupervised and in unstructured environments?

If the answer is YES, then you might be highly suited for a caring role.

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A Rewarding Career

If you love people, love caring and helping others, can listen, understand a person’s needs, have a willingness to learn, are hardworking, reliable, committed and passionate about the more vulnerable members of our community, then we’d love to have you join our team.