Library of Lived Experiences
The Library of Lived Experiences is a unique initiative developed through the Home Care Workforce Support Program. This innovative library captures people’s experiences related to providing and receiving home care services. And how the home care workforce has supported the independence of older Queenslanders which has enabled them to remain in their own homes, connecting to their own communities and living the life of their choosing.
The intension of this library is to be used as resource to help the home care workforce deepen their understanding and their practice.
You can share your experiences by taking part in our open consultations by accessing the online Engagement Hub.
Home Care Consumer Age: Mid-70s Prior to retiring, I helped deliver the Cert III in Individual Support course at TAFE and other training institutions. For many years I worked as a Rural / Isolated Nurse in Goondiwindi. I really enjoyed my job. The course went for 12 months, students needed… More information
Personal Care Worker Cindy shares her personal approach to working with her clients. More information
Personal Care Workers Craig Late September 2022, I was doing what so many of us do, scrolling through Facebook. I paused to read an add from SkillsHubs, calling for Personal Care Workers in the aged care industry. I’m an ex-police officer so I was used to serving the community and… More information
Experience as both a provider and a recipient of care services. Diane shares her insights into why the attitudes of the personal care worker matter in Season 1 Episode 5 of the SNACK. You can listen to the full episode by clinking on this link. More information
Home Care Consumer I’m Ella and I’m in my 70’s. I live in a unit on the northside of Brisbane. Before retiring I worked for the Queensland Government supporting people to access government programs, then I worked part-time at my local PCYC. I was also a COTA Queensland volunteer… More information
Personal Care Worker Aged: 82 years old Last year, I saw an ad on Facebook and decided to try something new. At 82 years young, I retired to Australia from the USA, after an incredible career that included time as a Military Medic, Primary Care… More information
Home Care Consumer For the past 6 years I’ve volunteered for COTA Queensland, initially as a Peer Educator, providing free information sessions to seniors in the community and more recently as a Community Peer Navigator in the local library, supporting older people to access relevant services and supports to enable… More information
My Career in Aged Care… So far! I studied at James Cook University, graduating with a degree in Occupational Therapy. Early in my career I got a job with Everglow, as a Project Officer, implementing their wellness and reablement model. As an… More information
My name is John, I’m a retired special needs teacher and I live in the Moreton Bay Region. I’m in my late 60’s, and I live with a disability. I’m currently on a Level 3 Home Care Package, I’ve been assessed for a Level 4 package but I’ve been on… More information
Home Care Consumer Loraine shares her experiences and impact of receiving person-centred care. More information
Why receiving good person centred-care matters. Renee shares her experiences of receiving good person-centred and what it means to her in the SNACK Podcast. Listen to the Season 1 Episode 2 of the SNACK podcast by clinking on this link. More information
Renee Personal Care Worker I got into aged care after finishing school. I have a caring nature; my mother always says it's because I like to prepare for her when she gets older. I enjoy it, I get a lot of fulfilment in that caring.… More information
Carer for his Mum I’m a part time online educational designer and I live on the Northern Beaches in Cairns. I was the only child of my mother, Dorothy, who sadly passed away over 12 months ago. I lived some distance from Mum but cared for her, visiting her on… More information
Personal Care Worker Age: 72 years old I was retired for 2 years, having worked in the mining and boiler making industries (heavy machinery). I decided because I was still able-bodied and had so much time on my hands that I’d like to help people. My interest was sparked by seeing… More information