Ever wondered what it’s like to be a support worker? Read our first-hand experiences and how to get involved in support work with Prestige Nursing + Care today.
Support workers are a vital part of providing vulnerable people with care, and are able to radically improve their quality of life. Support workers assist individuals who are unable to live independently by offering them the practical help they need as well as emotional support. There are an enormous range of clients that support workers provide help to, including people with learning difficulties, people with physical disabilities, and the vulnerable elderly – which includes companion care and caring for people with dementia.
Duties of a support worker
Support workers’ roles and responsibilities are varied – although they all involve working to improve the standard of care and quality of life for a client. On a day-to-day basis the job typically includes assisting clients with their care needs, for example, washing and dressing them, helping to administer them with basic care and ensuring that standards of hygiene are adhered to. The role also involves monitoring the health of clients, which can include checking their temperature, pulse and weight on a regular basis.
There is far more to the duties of a support worker than this, however. Support workers are also expected to assist in improving the quality of a client’s life, and this means helping them with tasks both inside and outside of the home. There are a wide range of basic tasks that can be challenging to the vulnerable, including bed-making, cooking, cleaning and even administrative tasks like paying bills – and as a support worker you will assist with these and more.
Beyond this, support workers often find themselves working with other professionals involved in a client’s care, such as their therapists, nurses and doctors.
Being a good support worker
While being an organised and hard-working individual is a huge part of being a support worker, the role also demands that employees possess strong people skills.
The ability to communicate easily with clients and build a personal relationship with them is extremely important. A good relationship improves support workers’ ability to fulfil their duties effectively, and also improves a client’s quality of life considerably. A friendly and approachable demeanour will also help support workers to build strong working relationships with other care workers, as well as a client’s family.
Being a support worker is not for everyone due to the very personal and emotive nature of the job, and it is important that would-be employees are mentally strong.
Becoming a support worker
There are no specific qualifications needed to be a support worker – beyond a good attitude and willingness to learn, which are essential – but experience in the care sector is definitely advantageous.
When starting as a support worker, employers provide newcomers with a course of training that gives an insight and understanding into the role and its responsibilities.
Prestige Nursing + Care offers people who are looking to start a fulfilling career as a support worker with the opportunity to take part on an introduction to care course, which provides them with the necessary skills to excel in the care profession. We also offer we offer free uniforms, and provide a free CRB check.
If you are looking for support worker jobs, or other care roles, please contact us, and we’ll be happy to provide you with more information.