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I love working in aged care. Back in 2011 I was looking for a job to work as a psychologist with the elderly but there were no opportunities. So, I created my own job.
Initially it was tough. There were few resources on supporting older adults with psychological conditions. I attended lots of training, interstate and international conferences. I was like a sponge, wanting to embrace as much learning as possible.
Over the years I supported hundreds of older people to transition from living independently into aged care facilities. Not everyone needs to move but those with declining health and high levels of support had no choice.
My PhD research enabled me to understand the emotional and psychological wellbeing of aged care workforce and the influence of client wellbeing on the performance and job satisfaction.
Today I am focused on helping to train the aged care workforce. I’ve worked with some of the most recognised aged care providers in Australia helping them tap into upskilling their workforce and get results.
As a result of what I do, aged care providers move from having stressed employees who struggle to engage isolated clients to resilient and productive employees who boost resident wellbeing by implementing simple psycho-educational strategies.
Delivering emotional care is EASY as long as we have the right framework. Without the right framework we may experience STRESS, FATIGUE and BURNOUT. Happy employees create a HEALTHY work culture, which is passed down to the clients. So, if this is not currently in your facility LETS FIX IT!
In The Paradigm of Met Needs I teach aged care providers simple and easy to learn psycho-educational techniques which they can use to improve client engagement, particularly with clients who may have anxiety and depression, how to work better with families as well as self-care strategies for the workforce.