Would you make a good Trusted Care support worker?
Do you know what a support worker does? And is this the right career path for you?
A support worker or carer helps people with physical or intellectual disabilities in their day-to-day tasks. They have a wide range of tasks and responsibilities, and their work can be very varied.
Support workers can help people with personal care such a showering, getting dressed, feeding, and taking medication. They can provide practical help with transport, daily chores and preparing and cooking meals; this often includes the shopping!
They can also provide vital social interaction and take clients out into the community to increase social enrichment and enjoyment.
Support Workers also provide much-needed emotional support to people with disabilities. They spend a lot of time with their clients, so often become like a close friend or trusted support. Support workers form strong bonds with their clients and become a crucial component in their lives.
Therefore, we called our NDIS provider business Trusted Care. We believe that your client needs to feel that they have a special bond with you, and that they have chosen you to be their carer because they trust you.
What kind of person makes a good Trusted Care support worker?
The most important thing about working in care work is making sure you have got the right attitude. Are you passionate about helping others? Are you motivated to ensure that you have the qualified skills to provide a high standard of care? If you answered yes, then you’re likely to be a great Trusted Care support worker.
As you are going to be spending a lot of time with your clients, it’s important that you’re a people person and be good at building relationships. You need to be a good communicator as you may be helping your client communicate if they find it difficult themselves.
As you are going to be working with vulnerable people and be welcomed into their homes, you must be very trustworthy. You always need to look after their health and safety and take responsibility for them.
What qualifications do you need for disability care work?
Although it’s not compulsory to have formal qualifications to work in the NDIS, it is compulsory to have at a minimum Certificate III from any of the community and home care training packages to be employed by Trusted Care. Not only do formal qualifications tell people that you are serious about your career and want to always do the best by your clients, it is also a helpful way to learn more about the industry and get clear expectations about what it’s going to be like.
You also need to make sure you a police check, a current first-aid certificate and NDIS worker Screening. If you want to help clients by providing transport, you will need a reliable car and comprehensive insurance.
If you would like to work with our cystic fibrosis community, then you will also need to complete our online learning package CFSmart.
What extra talents could you bring to the job?
Every carer is different and brings unique perspectives to the lives of their clients. Think about what your interests are, what kind of client you want and what you would like to share. Do you love movies? The outdoors? Could you play video games or talk sports all afternoon? Do you like to read and are you a social person? Do you have any skills or hobbies that you can use to enrich the lives of your clients?
You may be spending a lot of time with your clients, so you want to be matched with people who you are likely to get along with. You can use your skills to help your clients achieve their goals, whether it is being more creative, attending a footie game or learning something new.
How would being a support worker fit in with your life?
Being a support worker is a great, flexible job that is ideal for people who do not necessarily want to work 9-5. People with disabilities need support at all hours of the day and night. People who are studying (especially allied health, nursing, psychology, community services or social work) often find support work is an ideal part-time job to fit in with their course work. It is also a great, flexible role for those with a family or for people who want varied hours.
Trusted Care does its best to match support workers and clients based on the needs and attributes of both parties, and we also match people who live in proximity to each other so that support workers don’t have to travel too far. It is best for all involved if people could get along and work together and therefore deliver, Trusted Care.