Community Support Worker


Would you like to enrich the lives of those living with dementia?

At Alzheimer’s WA our shared purpose is to improve the lived experience of those on the dementia journey.

Through advocacy, leadership, innovation, education, partnerships and holistic person- centred care and support, we endeavour to support the pursuit of risk-reduction, treatment and cure for dementia.

We are looking for enthusiastic, caring and compassionate Respite Support Workers to join our organisation in bringing joy and meaning to the lives of our clients and adding value to their quality of life.

If you have a personality that displays warmth, resilience, a positive outlook, confidence, the ability to self-care and a sense of humour, then this could be the career for you.

We are seeking casual staff who have the flexibility to work variable shifts involving direct client services in the community, group services or centre-based services (which may also include overnight respite).

Community Support workers are required to:

  • Hold a certificate III in Individual Support (aged Care) or similar
  • Have their own insured vehicle that they can use to transport a client living with dementia in the community
  • Hold a WA drivers licence, police clearance and first aid certificate

To apply you must be willing to accept a challenge and have passion and commitment for your work and for improving the lives of those living with dementia.

You must also be able to demonstrate your experience in the following areas:

  • Ability to collaborate as part of a team and provide person-centred support to people living with dementia in the community;
  • Able to create and maintain an environment (in the home and community) that supports the wellbeing needs of people living with dementia and their family carers;
  • Proven ability to develop a rapport with clients to ensure activities and outings are planned that will provide opportunities to maintain skills and promote independence, at all times respecting personal choice;
  • Facilitation of meaningful activities for centre-based clients, supporting their abilities and dignity at all times, and providing reassurance and validation of their feelings;
  • Provide support with personal care and medication;
  • Ability to develop relationships with people living with dementia that provides companionship and support while maintaining optimum professional boundaries.

Selection Criteria

Essential

  • Cert III in Individual Support (Aged Care), or equivalent
  • High level of communication skills, including the demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and empathetically with people living with dementia and their carers
  • Ability to engage in meaningful relationships with people living with dementia, support their abilities, promote their dignity at all times, and provide reassurance and validation of their feelings
  • Have access to a smart phone and be proficient in the use of mobile phone applications
  • Confident in using an email account for correspondence.
  • Current Police Clearance and a WA ‘C’ class driver’s licence
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Have an insured vehicle that can be used for work purposed to transport a client.
  • Recent Flu Vaccination (2020)

Desirable

  • Hep B immunisation
  • Knowledge of services available for people with dementia and their carers
  • Understanding of a person-centred approach in dementia care
  • Ability to speak language(s) in addition to English
  • Indigenous cultural background

Specialist dementia training will be provided to successful applicants

How to apply:

Please submit your application with a cover letter addressing the selection criteria, via the Alzheimer's WA website. Only applications submitted via our website will be considered.

https://www.alzheimerswa.org.au/about/work-with-us/application-for-employment/

Please note: Short listing may commence immediately. We reserve the right to close the position without notice. Only suitable candidates will be considered and contacted if short listed.

Job Type: Casual

Salary: $30.00 to $34.00 /hour

Education:

  • Certificate I - IV (Preferred)

Location:

  • Perth WA (Preferred)

Work Eligibility:

  • The candidate can work permanently with no restriction on hours (Preferred)