New roles, recruitment strategy for small-house model

Mercy Health has commenced recruitment to fill more than 100 positions in its new residential aged care home in regional Victoria.

Mercy Place Ballarat will house 112 residents in 14 small households when it opens in September.

It is the first home by Mercy Health to be purpose-built around the concept of small household living, specifically designed for people living with dementia.

The company is recruiting for a variety of roles with a mix of full-time, permanent part-time and casual opportunities.

Among the many roles available is the newly created position of Care Companion, which the company says is a move away from the traditional model of aged care to a more holistic approach that promotes independence, choice and relationships.

Care Companions will report to the Health and Wellness Manager, who will be responsible for ensuring that services meet the care requirements of residents and required standards,  revenue through ACFI is maximised based on assessed resident care needs and be the escalation point for all clinical matters.

The small-house model offers home cooked meals, the privacy of real home spaces, personal laundry, and ‘help on hand when residents need it’.

Homes are connected to a village square with shops, where residents can walk safely, share coffee or enjoy time out with family and friends.

“It takes a special person to work in aged care so we are seeking compassionate, friendly and caring individuals to work with us,” Mercy Health Recruitment Manager Emma Cotsell said.

“We need aged care professionals. At the same time, we also need people with different skills sets and experiences such as cooking and housekeeping, as well as those who love working with older people.”

“For the first time we will be accepting video applications uploaded to YouTube as well as written applications.”

Ms Cotsell says the small household living approach will enable staff to support residents to live a more fulfilling life based on their individual needs.

Mercy Health employs people from many cultures and backgrounds, irrespective of their beliefs. The Catholic organisation has been consistently recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

In addition to remuneration and salary packaging benefits, the not-for-profit also offers its staff access to a health and wellbeing hub, Camp Australia School Holiday Program, leadership training for career progression and a fully funded childcare referral service.

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