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Aged care careers offer work life balance

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Aged care careers offer work life balance

Caring for older people in our community can be an incredibly rewarding experience and for many carers, it is a role that offers flexibility and independence in their lives.

Barossa Village offers an “Independent Contractor” model where carers are contracted to the organisation to deliver a range of services to clients living in their own homes, giving carers to the opportunity to build their own working day and create work life balance.

Community Care Team Leader, Clare Pietsch says that they are urgently looking for people who are compassionate, responsible and reliable, with an interest in building their own business or currently studying for their Certificate 3 in Aged Care.

“Independent Contractors play an important part in our client’s lives, by providing services such as transport, social support and domestic support.”

Taryn Butler worked in childcare for 15 years before becoming an Independent Contractor with Barossa Village. 

“Friends  had done it for years and I thought I would try it because I wanted to help people who needed a bit of support and at the same time have flexibility of hours for school drop offs and pick-ups.”

Taryn who is currently studying her Certificate 3 through TAFE, has three children, one with special needs, so she appreciates being able to maintain flexibility to meet her child’s needs while enjoying a rewarding career.

“It’s nice to talk to clients and hear their stories, support them to maintain their independence.”

>> Independent Contractor at Barossa Village, Taryn Butler who previously worked in childcare.
>> Independent Contractor at Barossa Village, Leon Angione, who, at 58 has changed careers from hospitality to aged care.

COVID meant a change in career for Chef, Leon Angione.  He and his wife had cared for aged parents who were clients of Barossa Village, in their home.  With the closure of hospitality due to COVID, it was Care Coordinator Caron Gericitano, who suggested that Leon consider becoming an Independent Contractor.

“Being 58, I was willing to make the career change because I saw that this role would give me more financial security in the long term, given the growth that the industry is experiencing.”

“I’ve signed up for my studies online and started working with my clients in March and it has been a very positive experience.”

Leon, who loves meeting people, says that working as an Independent Contractor means a lot of diversity in the work offered and the clients he meets.

“Starting is as easy as getting onto the ATO website, where everything you need to know about running your own business is online.”

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