Self-Care - Resources - Residential Aged Care



A career in aged care is a rewarding experience, but can also sometimes be emotional and stressful when providing residents and their families with end-of-life palliative care. Taking care yourself is important for your overall health and well-being and to continue providing quality care.


CareSearch offers information on self-care including burnout, contributing factors to burnout, compassion fatigue, and self-care concepts.  There is also a page devoted to self-care unique to staff working in residential aged care.


PalliAGED also has a webpage devoted to resources on self-care. These include links to examples of a self-care plan, burnout, caring for oneself, and receiving support from your organisation. palliAGED has downloadable Practice Tips on grief and loss among staff for Nurses (pdf 232kb) and Careworkers dealing with the death of people they have taken care of. (pdf 364kb)

The Residential Aged Care Palliative Approach Toolkit (PA Toolkit)

The Residential Aged Care Palliative Approach Toolkit (PA Toolkit) offers a short video called Taking Care of Yourself Matters: An Introduction to Self-Care for Care Workers in Residential Aged Care about acknowledging and dealing with the grief of a resident dying. The video discusses suggestions about self-care and creating a supportive workplace to help manage experiences of loss and grief. There is also a companion ‘Self-Care for Care Workers’ factsheet (106kb pdf). The PA Toolkit also has a printable bereavement support booklet that gives suggestions to help manage loss and grief for aged care staff working in residential aged care.

Leading Age Services Australia Ltd (LASA)

Leading Age Services Australia Ltd (LASA) developed a resource called “Making Choices for Life”. One of the learning modules pertains to self-care and is called Death and Loss, Our Emotional Responses. The module assists in identifying and reflecting upon our own emotional responses to death and dying, exploring access to bereavement care and support. The module includes a short educational video and factsheet (192kb pdf).

Page updated 10 May 2018