Often an entry-level role in aged care, social co-ordinators plan and arrange activities for clients so they can engage with other people. “Particularly those living with dementia – who are at home, often have a partner or carer living with them, or the people living on their own – they come on a daily basis to one of our centres to engage in social programs,” Panter says.
“It’s giving meaning and purpose in their lives. They can continue living at home rather than going into a nursing home.”
He says no specific qualifications exist for this role and workers are recruited based on their background and aptitude, however, an aged care qualification can be an advantage.
Women returning to the workforce after having children and migrants are among the common applicants.