Are you looking for a new disability support worker? No matter what disability you, your friend or relative are dealing with, it is essential to find the right support workers who can allow you to feel comfortable and supported, with qualities which make them effective and compassionate caretakers.
A great disability support worker will be able to assist you with several qualities and skills including empathy, strong communication skills, knowledge, emotional intelligence, understanding different needs, reliability and patience. Above all, they should be passionate about providing the best possible care for you.
At Correlate Connections we value those skills in our support workers and ensure you that you will be put into the right hands. We understand how important it is to find the right person to fit your individual needs. These are the questions you should be asking when looking for a support worker.
Are They Empathetic And Understanding?
At its core, disability support is about helping people with disabilities to live their lives to their fullest potential. A disability support worker has to have the ability to empathise with the given individual circumstances and understand challenging needs. They should also be able to recognise and appreciate the emotions and feelings of their clients and be able to communicate with respect and understanding.
What this does, is create a supportive and welcoming environment, which provides comfort and safety. This can be especially important autistic individuals or individuals with mental health issues, who may feel isolated or overwhelmed by other people or their environment.
Are They Reliable And Professional?
Having a professional attitude is an essential quality for any employee, but in particular for disability support workers. Their job carries a lot of responsibility and a professional attitude which includes a respectful and reliable character is essential to provide ongoing committed quality support.
A disability support worker should always be respectful when interacting with clients and colleagues. This means being polite, open to different opinions and approaches, and being willing to listen and learn.
Reliability is essential in a disability support worker. You should expect the worker to show up on time, follow through on commitments, and be consistent in providing the support you need. A support worker should also be honest, trustworthy and willing to take responsibility for any mistakes.
Do They Have Good Communication Skills?
When looking for a disability support worker, it is necessary to choose someone who is able to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders, including clients, carers and other involved professionals such as therapists or counsellors. With great communication skills, the worker will be able to provide high standards of care.
Good communication skills are also necessary in order to ensure that the client’s care plan is being followed correctly. Part of a disability support worker’s job is to also communicate any changes or concerns about the client, their well-being and progress, to their family, as well as other professionals, in a concise manner.
Do They Possess Good Problem-Solving Skills?
Being able to respond quickly and effectively to unexpected situations can be the difference between a successful outcome and a difficult one. This is why it is so important for a good disability support worker to have excellent problem-solving skills to think and act quickly when a hurdle arises.
Being able to assess the situation, identify the issues, and come up with creative solutions is absolutely essential. And this also includes staying calm and collected in difficult moment
Are They Flexible And Can They Adapt?
Like with any disability, the clients mental or physical state, relationships with friends and family, the general environment may change overnight. It is vital for a disability support worker to identify those changes and adjust their service accordingly to the changed needs. In order to provide the best service possible, a flexible and adaptable disability support worker with deep understanding, will be able to make real-time decisions based on what’s best for the current circumstances.
At Correlate Connections, we have been working with clients and matched them with excellent support workers over the years. We understand how vital it is for people with disabilities to feel heard and supported in the right way. We love to create connections with clients and support workers and thrive on the relationships they are able to build. That’s why we are dedicated to match you with a support worker with qualities that best match your needs. We carefully select our support workers and ensure they have all the qualities outlined above.
Our NDIS-approved Social Workers can help you, your friend or your relative with a bunch of social support activities like grocery shopping, attending events, exercising, and much more. We cover the area of Campbelltown NSW.
Get in touch today to find out more about our support services.