About the Role
A Support Worker plays a crucial role in providing assistance and care to individuals who may require support due to physical disabilities, mental health conditions, learning disabilities, or other specific needs.
Job Title: Support Worker
Job Summary: A Support Worker assists individuals with various support needs to lead a more independent and fulfilling life. They provide emotional, practical, and personal support to promote the well-being and quality of life of their clients.
Assist clients with daily living activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and meal preparation.
Provide emotional support and companionship.
Help clients with mobility and transportation, as needed.
Administer medication according to prescribed schedules (if trained and authorized).
Assessment and Planning:
Conduct assessments of clients' needs, strengths, and goals.
Develop individualized care plans in collaboration with supervisors and healthcare professionals.
Monitor progress and adjust care plans as necessary.
Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of client interactions, care provided, and any significant changes in their condition.
Complete incident reports as required.
Safety and Well-being:
Ensure a safe and clean environment for clients.
Recognize and respond to any signs of distress or crisis, providing appropriate support.
Implement safety protocols and emergency procedures as needed.
Communicate effectively with clients, their families, and healthcare professionals.
Report any concerns or issues to supervisors and participate in team meetings.
Assist clients in acquiring and maintaining life skills, such as cooking, budgeting, and social interaction.
Support clients in accessing education, training, or employment opportunities.
Education and Training:
High school diploma or equivalent (may require additional qualifications depending on the specific role).
Completion of relevant training or certification programs in caregiving, healthcare, or social work is often preferred.
Previous experience as a Support Worker, caregiver, or similar role is beneficial.
Experience working with individuals with disabilities or mental health challenges is an advantage.
Skills and Abilities:
Compassion, patience, and empathy.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Basic medical and first-aid knowledge (CPR certification may be required).
Good organizational and time-management skills.
Flexibility and adaptability to meet the changing needs of clients.
Criminal background check and other relevant clearances may be required.
A valid driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle (if transportation of clients is part of the job).