Closer Care June Info session: 

 

What does it really take to be an exceptional Disability Support Worker?

Working as a disability support worker is one of the most rewarding occupations you can pursue. It’s about contributing in a positive way to someone’s life, going above service delivery toward developing social connections. You help people to live their best life, it’s a privilege to watch someone progress towards their dreams. 

 

Making a positive impact on an individual’s life sounds like a rewarding industry to be a part of, but what does it really take to be a support worker?

  • Empathy

Empathy is being able to feel the emotions of another. As a disability support worker, you need to be able to see things through another’s perspective, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and recognising what that person needs. 

  • Connect

As a disability support worker, you need to be able to connect with your client to offer them the best support possible. Don’t make assumptions about the individual living with a disability, rather ignite your curiosity and ask questions to get to know them better. 

  • Passion 

You need to be passionate to thrive in this career. You’re more likely to do an exceptional job when you are passionate about the work. It can be a challenging job from time to time which requires you to think on your feet, so it’s important to enjoy yourself while fostering the well-being of your clients. 

  • Patience 

Patience is a virtue when it comes to working in disability care. Patience is a starting point to success with a client, often simple tasks can take a much longer time to complete. A great support worker knows to be patient in each situation, and respond calmly, without getting irritated. 

  • Positivity 

Positivity helps turn a frown into a smile, a good support worker is someone who lights up the room wherever they go. We strive to emphasise the possibilities of our clients, lifting their support in times of low moods. 

  • Creative Thinking 

As a disability support worker, it is your role to create a good day for the client each time and enable them to reach their goals. This means that from time to time, you will need to think creatively and have a positive can-do attitude when it comes to scheduling an activity for a shift.  

 

Closer Care info Sessions: How do we find the right support worker for you?

Finding the right support worker is about asking the right questions. We’re here to gather as much information from our clients as possible to better understand who they are and what they need. We also do the same with our staff, learning about their interests, values and how they would like to contribute to the industry helps us find the right client-worker match. 

Think about what you want to achieve and the skills you would like to develop, how does a support worker fit into your plan? How will they help you to do what it is that you want to do? That’s where we come in, we match you with support workers who support your needs and foster you towards achieving your goals.

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