Caring for the elderly gets reward
Yasmin Mussa has been caring for the elderly in their homes for 13 years.
But yesterday the homecare worker graduated with a level two foundation qualification in home-based services.
The NZQA-accredited qualification, set up by community health care trainers Careerforce, is a new training initiative for the profession.
It allows the Sandringham resident to administer medication to patients, as well as tend to their general needs.
She says the training was hard to start with because she is not used to learning in English.
“I went home and started reading it and found it a bit difficult.”
But support from her employer Lifewise, part of Methodist Mission Northern, meant she was third to finish out of 96 employees to complete the programme.
“It’s fantastic for me. I’m proud of myself.”
The former resident of Gujarat, India, says her relationship with elderly patients is what has kept her in the industry for so long.
“I love to help them and learn a lot from them.
“We talk about things and communicate.”
Lifewise staff development manager Julie Reilly says she’s proud of everyone who graduated, including many staff who haven’t studied since school or speak English as a second language.
“Now we can place them with any level of clients. It gives them a career pathway.”
Eleven staff also took part in literacy training as part of their studies.
Ms Reilly says the original group of students was funded by the Ministry of Health as part of a trial group.
But Lifewise is so impressed by the programme it will continue to fund the training out of its own pocket.
“It’s totally changed our whole training programme,” Ms Reilly says.
Hitting the books: Homecare worker Yasmin Mussa and Lifewise staff development manager Julie Reilly are excited about a new training programme for Homecare workers. Yasmin graduated from the programme yesterday.