Expect a challenging yet rewarding experience when you become a disability support worker. You’ll be working for a consumer base with different levels of physical need in their private homes assisting with daily living tasks. The goal is to keep consumers living independently in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible. You’ll be making a difference to the lives of many consumers under your care by building independence for those who’ve been losing their independence.
Your duties will be very flexible and uniquely tailored to the needs of the individual you’re caring for. Expect to be hands on and active while you bend, lift and transfer consumers in a safe way. You’ll generally work with a small group of consumers that you get to know well over time and build strong relationships with. Hours will also vary and shifts can involve early morning, evening, weekend work or overnight stays.
Here are some common duties:
Disability support work is also a unique experience for many reasons:
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