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-medication
implement care programmes for those in residential establishments
provide in-home support with health issues and daily living tasks such as washing, dressing, eating, transport and budgeting
assist with the delivery of activities to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of those in their care
ensure that those in their care are washed, dressed, fed and ready for educational and recreational activities
assist those in their care, during domestic activities such as eating meals and showering
provide companionship and support during daily activities
cook and serve meals, clean premises, wash, iron and perform other household tasks
organise refuge accommodation
work 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.