Studies show that disability support agencies are in high demand. Disabled people need help with many things, and it can be tough for family members to meet all their needs. Support agencies help disabled people live independently, provide companionship, and advocate for their rights and protection.
If you’re considering a career as a disability support worker, you should know about the work you can expect to do.
Help with daily living
Help with daily living. If you’re having difficulty performing essential tasks of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and eating, an agency will be able to provide a variety of services. Some of these include:
- Personal care services. This can include help with personal hygiene (like shaving or brushing your hair), dressing and grooming.
- Household tasks. These could include laundry, meal preparation and house cleaning services (if you live in a home).
- Transportation assistance, if required
Social and community participation
Disability care providers can help you access social and community participation. They can provide access to social activities, such as clubs and sporting groups.
They can also assist in connecting you with community groups that operate regularly. This might include parenting groups, arts organisations or sporting clubs for people with disabilities.
The agency may assist with providing information about local events such as festivals and markets. They may also be able to direct you towards transport options accessible for those using wheelchairs or scooters.
In home, support can offer assistance with personal care, household chores and meal preparation. It may also involve medication management, mobility and food preparation.
Your helper can assist by making sure you take your medications in time and properly, help you with mobility such as getting up from bed or a chair or even from the floor (e.g., if you have slipped), and prepare meals for you when necessary or just lend a hand when it is required to do so (e.g., helping lift heavy objects).
In addition, such services could include household maintenance tasks like laundry, ironing and tidying up after yourself.
Assistance will also be provided in terms of money management so that clients can manage their finances independently without any worries of falling behind on bills/paying them on time, and so on.
The following is a list of domestic tasks that disability care providers may perform for you or your loved one:
- Help with household chores
- Help with other domestic tasks
- Meal preparation, including grocery shopping and meal planning
- Laundry (including laundry services)
- Cleaning, including basic cleaning and dusting, floor mopping and vacuuming
- Shopping for groceries and other items needed to keep up the house
- Gardening services (such as lawn mowing)
- Pet care
- Child care
- Financial matters, such as bill paying
- Clinical services
- Physical and mental health
- Medical, nursing and healthcare support
- Rehabilitation programmes
- Psychological support – e.g. counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Speech and language therapy
- Occupational therapy – to help with everyday living skills such as cooking and cleaning
- Social work services – helping you find housing, benefits advice, etc.
A disability support agency can be an invaluable resource for people with a disability, their carers and their families. The services these agencies offer may vary but usually include in-home support, such as respite care, help with the daily living tasks of the person with a disability, and social and community participation activities.
If you need any further information, it is advised to visit the website of your closest agency.