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Lallaine Dodd

Meet Lallaine Dodd, Capecare Team Leader

Caring is not just a job for Busselton’s Lallaine Dodd.

Hailing from the Philippines, Lallaine joined Capecare eight years ago as a Carer after moving to Western Australia. She said she loves the work and, watching her interact with our residents, it’s clear she takes a genuine interest in their needs.

“In my culture we really look after our elderly,” she said. “I really like caring, getting to know the residents and helping them is so rewarding.”

Capecare is helping Lallaine to progress in her aged care career. She has been working as a Team Leader for the past three years and has also gained experience in the Lifestyle Team and in medication competency.

“I’m also studying at TAFE at the moment, and am planning to do enrolled nursing,” Lallaine said.

“Capecare is actually helping me a lot in being flexible in my hours to allow me to work and study.”

When asked what she loves most about Capecare, Lallaine says: “the whole environment, it’s the whole aura in there, I love it”.

When asked if she would recommend Capecare to others, she laughs and says, “I already have! I’ve recommended it to a few people already and two of them are working with me now.”

Capecare supports people like Lallaine to pursue a career in Caring or Nursing. The organisation partners with South Regional TAFE to provide a fully supported 9-month traineeship program for students studying a Certificate III Individual Support (Ageing), who will then become part of their Care team for its residential facilities in Busselton and Dunsborough, and its community home care team. Your course fees will be covered, and you’ll be paid while you study and doing your practical training at Capecare. If you’re studying to be a Registered or Enrolled Nurse, Capecare also offers practical paid experience in Caring or Support Worker roles while you complete your training.

Capecare currently has opportunities in Caring and Hospitality (cleaning) in their residential teams across both Busselton and Dunsborough locations and Support Workers and Domestic Assistants in their community team.

Contact hr@capecare.com.au call 9750 2000 and speak to our recruitment officer, or visit Capecare.com.au to find out more.

Capecare's Lallaine Dodd with resident Pat Seddon

Capecare’s Lallaine Dodd with resident Pat Seddon

Senior Support Worker Liza Hellstrom with Capecare resident

Meet Liza Hellstrom, Capecare Senior Support Worker

A desire to meaningfully help people led Liza Hellstrom to leave her long career in the travel industry to train in a field where she could really make a difference – caring.

Liza Hellstrom, now a Senior Support Worker at Capecare, studied a Certificate III before joining Capecare and hasn’t looked back in the four-and-a-half years since.

“When you get home from a day’s work, you just feel you’ve done something really good,” she says.

Liza’s day-to-day involves roles in and out of Capecare in Busselton. As well as training staff and signing up new home care clients, she visits home care clients in the community to assist with their personal care. Every day is different, and she says she loves being able to get on the road and help her clients with essential tasks.

“I might assist them with showers, help them get dressed and ready for the day, and meal preparation. We help people with making breakfast or if we visit clients in the afternoon we might make a meal for them to have later on at night and we also do medication prompts.

“We do welfare checks – going to client’s houses and making sure they’re okay. We might be the only person they see that day or week. And if we see any change or any decline in their health, we will report that back to our nursing team. We also provide social support which might mean taking people shopping, or staying in the client’s home and just having a cup of tea and a chat, whatever the client wants to do.”

When Liza gets up in the morning, she looks forward to going to work. She loves how rewarding the job is and says it’s a privilege to spend time with people who have such interesting life stories.

Liza says if you like helping people, then definitely look into working in aged care. She said clients are so grateful, and it feels as though you’re really doing something for the community.

Capecare is the largest regional independent aged care provider in Western Australia and Liza said they have been a supportive employer.

“I feel really valued as an employee. They really care about you,” she says. “Capecare are really supportive, always coming to check on us and ask how we’re going. It’s a really good company to work for.”

Originally from Sweden, Liza moved to Australia 20 years ago and has resided in Busselton for four and a half years and couldn’t think of a better place to live.

“It’s so close to all the wineries and lovely beaches. And then we’ve got our foreshore. If you take a client for a drive, you can go down to the beach, and if it’s not too hot, grab a coffee or an ice cream.”

Capecare supports people like Liza to start a career in caring or nursing. The organisation partners with South Regional TAFE to provide a fully supported 9-month traineeship program for students studying a Certificate III Individual Support (Ageing), who will then become part of their Care team for its residential facilities in Busselton and Dunsborough, and its home services community. Your course fees will be covered, and you’ll be paid while you study and doing your practical training at Capecare. If you’re studying to be a Registered or Enrolled Nurse, Capecare also offers practical paid experience in Caring or Support Worker roles while you complete your training.

Opportunities are also available for unskilled Carer Support Workers, Carers, Domestic Assistants and Lifestyle Assistants.

Contact hr@capecare.com.au call 9750 2000 and speak to our recruitment officer, or visit Capecare.com.au to find out more.

Liza Hellstrom, Senior Support Worker

Liza Hellstrom, Senior Support Worker

Capecare Accountant Leanda van Zyl with 777 Pharmacist Scott Braddock

Capecare residents and staff boosted by Pharmacy 777 visit

More than 30 staff and residents of Capecare in Busselton took advantage of a visit by Pharmacy 777 Busselton last week to have their COVID-19 booster shots.

The pharmacy is providing vaccine shots to a number of local aged care facilities and Pharmacist Scott Braddock who administered the vaccines said providing the vaccines on site to residents made it less stressful for them and easier to obtain and it took pressure off the pharmacy as well.

“Last year was the first year pharmacists were allowed to vaccinate outside of the pharmacy and this is the first time we’ve provided vaccinations on other premises. I’ve brought a portable fridge along to Capecare to make it easy and hopefully we can do more of it,” he said.

Capecare CEO Joanne Penman said the free service provided by Pharmacy 777 Busselton was greatly appreciated. “Staff and residents were keen to utilise this service as it provided convenience for staff and it was more comfortable for residents to not have to travel outside of our property to attend an appointment. It shows great community spirit and we are very thankful for this kind offer,” she said.