From a young age, Uniting Communities support care worker, Tracy Sutton (pictured), knew she wanted to help people.
She grew up on a property with her grandparents when it got to the point where they couldn't drive themselves into town anymore, that's where Tracy's passion began.
"If you've got a big heart and get something out of helping others Uniting Communities is the place to be," she said. Tracy has been with the company for almost five years and loves that she can live in Quorn and travel between Port Augusta and Whyalla to help those needing assistance.
"I enjoy helping the elderly stay in their homes for longer," she said.
"When new clients come on board, our senior customer service coordinator, Julie Haynes, interviews them to see what they need help with. We offer a mixture of all sorts of in-home care services including personal assistance for things like showering, domestic assistance such as cleaning and social support where I can take clients out for a coffee, shopping or simply stay at home with them and talk. Whatever they want."
"Recently one of my client's dogs passed away, I took them some flowers and we had a good cry together. I wear my heart on my sleeve and love getting to know my clients. It's not a job for everyone because you do suffer losses, but Uniting Communities support services are there to help get you through things."
Uniting Communities is currently looking for compassionate people like Tracy who want to provide assistance to elderly people to help them remain living at home. Care workers with a certificate III in Aged Care or Individual Support are preferable.
"We are looking for multiple people in Whyalla and ideally a few more in Port Augusta," senior customer service coordinator, Julie Haynes said.
"We offer financial incentives such as salary sacrificing, employee assistance programs for physio treatments, counselling for staff and family members, care worker training as well as career advancement opportunities."
After becoming a single mum, Tracy loved the fact she was able to work around her children's schedules.
"After I put myself through TAFE and started working for Uniting Communities, my hours revolved around my children's school times, I love that my daughter is only in after school care for around half an hour if I need to work past school times. Uniting Communities allows me to do two things I love, maintain a relationship with my children and help people."
"They are caring and understanding, helping their employees through personal issues, with a telephone hotline to speak with counsellors and up to date training to allow us to provide the best care for our clients."
Uniting Communities offers home care packages from level one to level four for people aged over 65 and Aboriginal people aged over 50. For more information go to unitingcommunities.org