South West TAFE's individual care certification at Eventide Homes is hands on

Picture: Alice Rennison.
Picture: Alice Rennison.

Aged care is a “good career path” and will be a “rewarding” career, student of South West TAFE’s program at Eventide Homes Ebony Jenkins said.

“We’ve been taught about the empowerment of elderly people and the importance of their independence.”

She worked in the kitchen at Eventide Homes for two years, when the opportunity to enroll in South West TAFE’s individual care certification at Eventide Homes became available.  

South West TAFE started running their certificate III in individual care at Eventide Homes last year in October and have plans of running the course again, this year from September. 

Ms Jenkins continues to work in the kitchen at Eventide Homes while studying. 

“This qualification opens up a lot of doorways and I’ll see what doorways might open for me.” 

“I enjoy working in the dementia work the most. I find their way of thinking and the similarities and differences between dementia patients very interesting,” Ms Jenkins said.

Next week Dementia Australia will visit students to talk about dementia. 

A teacher of individual support at South West TAFE Maree Harrison said “we are proud of what we’ve achieved.”

The program at Eventide Homes provides “hands on experience to students,” as well as students being able to “gain confidence” and “experience,” Ms Harrison said.  

The course at Eventide Homes will finish in August this year.