At Kaloma we value our staff and provide ongoing opportunities of staff development and training. We view our staff as competent and highly skilled. Our current staff turnover is 2.6% which we view to reflect a high level of staff satisfaction and a sense of feeling valued and listened to. With building another 30 beds in 2016 – 2017 we expect our staff numbers to go from 82 to about 100 staff.
Kaloma is the 2012 winner of the Workforce Council’s Workforce Innovation Awards for Rural and Remote Setting (sustainability). Kaloma was also a finalist in the Human Resource Management category. In 2014 Kaloma was runner up in the LASAQ Excellence in Care Awards in the People Management category.
At Kaloma we view each individual employee as being of equal importance in achieving quality resident and organisational outcomes. It is essential to provide a happy and inspiring workplace. Happy staff equates to happy residents. Employment is usually on a part-time basis but have the occasional casual employee. Our view is that by offering part-time employment this offers job security as well as paid leave and access to sick leave.
Kaloma currently employs around 80 staff in various occupations such as registered and enrolled nurses; clinical nurse; personal carers, cooks, kitchenhands, cleaning and laundry staff, maintenance officer, groundsman, lifestyle officers; administration asssistants; as well safety advisorand quality officer. Staff are skilled and competent with ongoing professional development a central focus to maintain that competence.
Our staff can age from 16 years of age to some in their mid-70’s. We value age and experience. We encourage school based apprentices to apply. At Kaloma we employ unskilled persons in all care and service areas across our service and provide on-the-job training with the completion of a trade qualification as a condition of employment. Training takes place on-site so that staff are not travelling and away from family. Whilst Kaloma is a 24/7 business, we actively attempt to ensure the fortnightly roster is as family friendly as possible to include preferred shifts and times as much as possible. We view family and work balance as an essential ingredient for a happy workforce. However, staff flexibility is essential in the residential and community home care to enhance quality outcomes for seniors in our care.
At Kaloma we view education and staff training as fundamental to quality outcomes for the seniors in our care. Employees are required to work within Kaloma’s Mission and Code of Conduct. Those unable to work within these are not retained as residents deserve to be cared for by staff committed to quality resident and organisational outcomes. Employment is subject to National Criminal History Check clearance.
Kaloma is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors whose approach is one of innovation and progression. A 10 – 15 year plan future development plan based on community consultation is in place. Kaloma’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is a registered nurse who has been with Kaloma for over 15 years and has over 22 years aged care management experience. The CEO is ably supported by a competent dedicated management team and staff.