Mohamed Ismail, Facility Manager at Regis Chelmer:

‘I really wanted to make a difference to people’s lives’

Mohamed spent 20 years of his early life living and working in Africa. In 2002, Mohamed migrated to Australia for a new life, working for a retail firm before owning his own business for a decade. His decision to enter into aged care was heavily influenced by him being the primary carer for his dad over a 5 year period after he was diagnosed with dementia. This gave Mohamed a strong passion to care for the elderly and to complete his Cert III & IV in Aged Care and Cert III in Home & Community Care. Mohamed has worked his way up from AIN at Regis Salisbury to being the Facility Manager at Regis Birkdale and now Regis Chelmer.

When did you join Regis?

In October 2015, I did my placement as a carer with Regis Salisbury. During this time, I was given the Star Student Award and was offered employment to start my career as a carer with Regis Salisbury. I took this opportunity up and commenced employment in November 2015.

Why did you join?

I really wanted to make a difference to people’s lives by assisting wherever I could and by working with Regis I knew that I would have the opportunity to develop my skills with all the training offered.

What do you like about your role / your team?

Being in the role of Facility Manager has empowered me to achieve the best outcomes for the elderly and to make a difference everyday with all the residents that I now consider family.

One of my passions has always been to motivate and assist people wherever I can to reach their goals and I’m proud of the team that I have assisted in developing at Birkdale over the past 2 years.  Members of our team have developed from AIN’s to RN’s, OC’s to CSM’s, RN’s to CM’s, Cooks to Chefs and EEN’s to ACFI co-ordinators. I’m delighted to now be working at Regis Chelmer.

This is all due to the education and training opportunities that Regis provides to all staff. All you need is initiative and the opportunities are there to further your career with Regis.

What do you like about working with the elderly?

The elderly have life experiences to share that you would not find anywhere else. It’s such a pleasure to get to know someone and hear the most amazing stories of their personal experiences.

When I lay my head on the pillow at night it gives me such a sense of achievement and satisfaction when I know I have succeeded in making a difference to somebody’s life that day.

Anything else you’d like to add?

My motto in life is:

If you do anything, either do it properly or don’t do it at all.