Care worker wins award

Emily SharpSound Telegraph
Trainee of the Year Jacinta Lakin with Rockingham Aged Care resident Alf Horsfall.
Camera IconTrainee of the Year Jacinta Lakin with Rockingham Aged Care resident Alf Horsfall. Credit: Emily Sharp

A Rockingham care worker was recently named Group Training Australia’s 2016 trainee of the year for Western Australia.

Jacinta Lakin works at Rockingham Aged Care Home, having completed a Certificate III in Aged Care, and said she was still in shock after be-ing up against strong competitors.

“I’ve always wanted to help people,” she said.

“I ended up choosing aged care because when you teach kids, they grow up and do things for themselves.

“Many of the people we care for here aren’t able to do things they used to, which can be frustrating for them.

“I give 100 per cent effort and it’s nice to see them relax when they realise I really care — seeing that reaction is the most rewarding part of what I do.”

This is the first time in almost a decade an aged care worker has taken out the prestigious award.

The 19-year-old is studying to become an occupational therapy assistant and is also undertaking Hall & Prior Nursing Homes’ personal carer advanced practice course to take on extra responsibilities.

Home director of nursing Terri Woolhouse said she was extremely proud of Ms Lakin, describing her as a dedicated worker passionate about aged care.

“She has insight and maturity well beyond her years, she builds relationships very quickly and provides exceptional care, which is something you can’t teach,” she said.

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