Young Workforce Keeps Residents Connected

The COVID-19 environment has impacted on the ways people in residential aged care stay connected. The regulations and social distancing measures have seen residents limited in their interactions with outside world, leaving our most vulnerable at risk of feeling socially isolated.

08 Jul 2020

The young workforce has played a crucial part in keeping residents connected and engaged. With the use of technology, they are providing support for their social and emotional wellbeing.

Some of ACSA’s tech-savvy school-based trainees in Tasmania were able to lend their support to residents and other staff during COVID-19. Helping to facilitate the use of technology, the trainees used their skills to keep residents connected with families and friends.

sophie-SBT.jpgSophie Furphy (pictured right) is a school-based Trainee studying her Certificate III in Individual Support while also working at Emmerton Park, a residential aged care facility in Smithton Tasmania. She came into the facility to assist on her day off, setting up iPads for the residents to use to contact their families. Sophie’s contribution was invaluable in helping around 20 residents to communicate with loved ones, when they were unable to see their family and friends. 

Social connection and staying in touch is essential when it comes to the wellbeing of older Australians. Technology is contributing to improvements in the quality of care services, and in its ability to attract younger workers to the sector with the opportunities to use their technological skills. 

A school-based traineeship is a supported pathway to encourage young people into the aged care sector. Employing a school-based trainee gives your organisation the opportunity to develop a young skilled workforce that meets current and future skills needs.

Be proactive in planning for your future workforce needs by being part of the Aged Services Sector School-based Traineeship Pathways Program.


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