.

By Luke Voogt

After finding a job in aged care after Ford’s Geelong plant closed, former engine builder Rod Carter has only one regret.
“I wish I’d started looking after the elderly years ago,” he told the Indy.
“The job satisfaction you get looking after an old person who can’t look after themselves is absolutely brilliant.”
The 63-year-old worked at Ford for two decades. He was one of 551 workers who left the company when it shut its Victorian factories last year.
“You make a lot of really good friends,” Rod said.
“It’s sad Ford closed down but that’s economics – the writing was on the wall for a long time.”
Rod built V8 engines during his last three years at Ford. The company offered him a contract but he “just wasn’t interested”.
“I wanted to get out of there and get on with my life.”
Geelong jobs advisor and former aged care manager Bob Hope suggested working with the elderly.
“He got to know a couple of the people (at Ford) fairly well, including myself, and thought I’d be good at it,” Rod said.
He completed an aged care course last year and began working at Point Lonsdale’s Arcare last month.
Rod described his messier tasks in graphic detail, admitting he was “terrified” the first time he helped an elderly lady shower.
“There’s a very good chance you’re going to get thrown up on but I’m professional and it’s all part of the job.”
The gratitude of the elderly, even when unable to speak, made the job more than worthwhile, Rod said.
“They might give you a squeeze of the hand or a little smile and you know you’re doing right by them.”
Rod encouraged other former workers to take “everything on offer from Ford and the government”.
“If you want something you’ve got to after it – nobody’s going to hand it to you,” he said.

Comments are closed.

More News

An independent panel has failed to revolve any further council bullying investigations since January. Complaint review panel chair Susan Halliday ...

A Geelong builder has won $42 million in western Melbourne health care projects eight months after securing a contract to build ...

First The Peninsula Hotel turned up the scales with a 3.5kg, 36cm-diameter hamburger for which its intention of free publicity ...

Gary Ablett has recently relisted his Gold Coast mansion refuelling speculation the superstar midfielder could return to Geelong. Ablett relisted ...

An unsung volunteer and their club can win $5000 each as part of a new Viva Energy competition with the support ...

A recent op shop purchase will put “thousands of dollars” back into the north Geelong community according a local Lions ...

Latest Sport

In their last home match of the NPL season, the North Geelong Warriors were unable to find a cog in ...

...

The equation is simple for Geelong – win the last two games and earn second spot on the ladder and a ...

Entertainment

Indented Head singer Brianna Ekberg says a Geelong music scholarship was instrumental in taking her career to the next level. “...

Von Stache will bring a giant eyeball and their trademark on-stage rowdiness when they launch their latest “party punk” EP ...

Comedian George Kapiniaris is most famous for his television and on-stage work, but after 30 years of performing, music remains his ...