Support workers play a fundamental role in the healthcare sector. Their job is to improve vulnerable people’s quality of life. Support workers can work in a range of environments with a varied demographic. You might travel to a client’s home to offer assistance, or you could be based in a residential home or mental facility depending on your preference. Your client could be any age and will, therefore, have different requirements based on that and their particular difficulties.
As a support worker, your daily tasks will predominantly be based around the following:
- Helping clients complete tasks such as getting washed and dressed, moving around, eating and drinking etc.
- Enriching clients lives with activities and offering companionship.
- Engaging in training to enhance knowledge and learning.
- Regularly communicating with your client and their family to establish their needs and keep them up to date with how your client is getting on.
- Monitor your clients mental and physical wellbeing and maintaining medical records.
- Assessing and reporting on your client.
This is just a rudimentary list, as the requirements of support workers are tailored to the specific needs of their client. It could be that a client has excellent mobility, but suffers from a mental health problem, or you could be taking care of an elderly individual who’s lonely and wants to engage in lots of conversation.
Are you right for the job?
If you’re going to be a successful support worker, you’ll need to passionate about enriching the lives of others. If you’re interested in following a career in support work, ask yourself the following:
- Are you a people person?
This asset is essential to getting the most out of the job. You’ll be engaging with a variety of people who will likely want a lot of interaction. If you love to talk to others and are an open individual, this could be the role for you.
- Are you empathetic?
Within a support worker role, you’ll be dealing with a lot of vulnerable individuals who are placing their trust in you to receive high-quality care. Having the ability to empathise with their problems and provide helps with relationship building and will make your job all the more rewarding.
- Do you want to learn new skills?
Taking on a career in support work means you’ll be learning skills that could see career progression if you’re enthusiastic about training. You could end up in a management position, where you can apply what you’ve learnt to help new support workers perform.
- Are you organised?
Finding the right amount of time to allocate to each task, especially if you’re travelling to various clients homes throughout the day. It’s also vital that clients medical records are kept organised and up to date and you’re diligent in keeping an eye out for any improvements or deterioration in the clients’ conditions.
- Are you dedicated?
Working with vulnerable people is never an ‘easy’ job. Sometimes you’ll have to cope with challenging situations. Dedication to your work is, therefore, a great trait to have as a support worker.
Overall, support work can be an incredibly rewarding career. You’re helping people lead their lives with happiness and dignity, without support workers, so many people’s lives would be so much worse off. Knowing you can transform lives through your work is always a huge benefit to any job.
If you’re interested in becoming a support worker, check out the training we can provide you and our latest vacancies.