Car­ing for the el­derly gets re­ward

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Morgan

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

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.

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