Disability support workers provide care, supervision and support for people with disabilities in the home, residential establishments, clinics and hospitals. They also work with other health professionals to maximise the individual's physical and mental wellbeing. They also provide companionship and emotional support, and when possible promote independence and community participation.
Duties & Tasks
Disability support workers may perform the following tasks:assist people with self-medicationimplement care programmes for those in residential establishmentsprovide in-home support with health issues and daily living tasks such as washing, dressing, eating, transport and budgetingassist with the delivery of activities to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of those in their careensure that those in their care are washed, dressed, fed and ready for educational and recreational activitiesassist those in their care, during domestic activities such as eating meals and showeringprovide companionship and support during daily activitiescook and serve meals, clean premises, wash, iron and perform other household tasksorganise refuge accommodationwork with a team of health professionals, family, friends and carers to implement a programme of support.
Disability support workers work in private homes and community establishments. They may be required to work evenings, weekends and public holidays and may be required to live on the premises. Some positions may be casual.
- patient, flexible and understanding supportive and caring nature commitment to the rights of people with disabilities to live dignified lives able to accept responsibility good communication skills able to work as part of a team able to cope with the physical demands of the job able to perform domestic duties efficiently.