A Support Worker role is to enable someone who requires support to live their life as independently as they can.
Support work can take place in a variety of settings which include hospitals, day care centres, the community, specialist units, social clubs and residential care setting for a number of client groups including Learning Disabilities, Mental Health and Community support (hospital discharges, elderly, loss of mobility).
A good Support Worker is kind and caring with high levels of empathy and patience, must be respectful, compassionate with excellent listening skills, you will need to promote positivity, work well in stressful situations and be an effective communicator.
The duties of a Support Worker include:
- Supporting the service user with medication and daily living tasks
- Provide support to access the community and information
- Support the service user with finances, budgeting and government benefits.
- Enable the service user to be independent in all areas of their life where possible
- Help to maintain a safe, comfortable and supportive home for the service user
- Assist the individual to engage themselves as a valued member of the community
- Provide support with attending appointments
- Support the service user to actively contribute to the running of their own home
- Promote independence and choice
- Provide emotional support and befriending