What is it like working as a Personal Care Assistant (PCA)?
Personal Care Assistant (PCA) in Caloundra:
"Working In Aged Care."
Pros: I love working on the afternoon shift as I find most of the afternoon staff are extremely friendly and work hard, we work well together with little complications,
I love seeing the reactions of residents when I offer them a cuddle, or do little things for them like a hand massage, cut, file or paint their nails or just brush their hair the way they like it.
Our boss is a fair boss and she tends to care about residents and her staff members, which is a great thing and makes it a great place to work at!
Cons: I don't enjoy working the morning shift for the reason that there is a lot of competition amongst staff members on the morning shift, they tend to make you feel incapable, and like to point out little things you might of forgot to do, there is too many people talking over each other,
Because of the tension that is going on with staff the residents suffer because of it. And they feel as if it is their fault!
I would like more time to be able to give residents more one on one attention to do things like massages, paint nails and other personal care things and to listen to their life stories, but because we have so many residents and limited staff (which isn't the establishments fault as it would be too costly for them to hire more staff so we can give each resident more of our time, and it would make residents weekly costs too high for them)