Resthaven Mitcham Personal Care and Lifestyle Assistant, Tania Roberts, enjoys the varied roles she plays in aged care, and the opportunities made available to her – ‘there is nothing else quite as fulfilling as our purpose’, which for Resthaven is ‘Working together: Outstanding care and support for older people and their carers’.
‘The hours work perfectly for my lifestyle, and it’s been great that every day is different – some shifts I am working as a Personal Care Assistant, other days I’m working as a Lifestyle Assistant’.
Tania started working at Resthaven Mitcham in 2018, as a Personal Care Assistant.
With the support of Resthaven, Tania was able to study her Certificate III in Aged Care while working. Along with this, she undertook work experience on-site in anticipation of becoming a Lifestyle Assistant after the completion of her studies.
‘I was looking for an opportunity to be able to get into Lifestyle Assisting’.
‘Now, half of my shifts are doing the Personal Care Assistant role that I still love, and the other half with my new role in Lifestyle’.
‘This has been a fantastic perk in working here. The opportunities for career progression are ongoing, and the managers are very encouraging and help push things along’.
Another big part of why Tania enjoys her work is the positive impact that she can have over older people’s everyday lives.
‘No matter what is going on in life, as soon as I walk through those doors, it is about the residents – and that in itself helps to ground me and see what is important at times’.
During her work with Resthaven, Tania has held the important role of resident Santa. Offering an element of fun for herself, her co-workers and of course, the residents.
‘I have loved being Santa! The residents get a kick out of it and it is something that they look forward to and something that I have come to look forward to as well’.
‘It is incredible what we all do in aged care. These are people’s lives that we have a responsibility to, and it is magic to see the connections that can be formed between the generations’.
Tania looks forward to continuing her work at Resthaven Mitcham and maintaining her high level of quality care for older people.
Established in 1935, Resthaven Incorporated is a not for profit, South Australian aged care community service associated with the Uniting Church. Every day, Resthaven shares the lives and wisdom of around 10,000 older people and their carers, working together to provide outstanding care and support.