Support worker’s role and life-long learning
Completing your studies to be a support worker in either the disability or ageing support sector can feel like a great achievement. You may feel you are ready and equipped to tackle any situation in your workplace.
Your role can be very rewarding and fulfilling. Of course there will be daily tasks that must be completed, but you could also be assisting people with disabilities and more mature people to do activities like going to the footy, basketball or tennis; or going to the movies, or musicals or concerts.
Part of your role could also be to assist people with disabilities to take up a hobby like art, weaving, learning a musical instrument, writing or playing a sport like wheelchair soccer or boccia (a modified version of bocce).
With the introduction of the NDIS, community participation is encouraged and it will be a role of disability support workers to assist wherever needed.
Similarly people who need ageing support, will need assistance to do daily tasks which must be completed. But you could also be assisting people to do some social activities like chatting with other people; playing cards; going for walks; going to the movies or shopping; assisting people with their hobbies or taking up new hobbies.
So with these possible activities, there may be some learning you may need to do.
We would like our workers to share some thoughts on the following:
- What activities have you assisted people with disabilities to do? What were these experiences like?
- Have you assisted a person to experience a new activity?
- Have you any advice for people considering studying to be a support worker?
Email us with your thoughts at [email protected]