If you or your loved ones are looking for a disability support worker, whether it be for companionship or medical or non-medical purposes, it could be tiring. And with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the choices have increased which can make the search a little more overwhelming.
But we are here to help. In this blog, we share a list of factors you should consider while choosing a disability caregiver.
How to Choose the Right Disability Support Worker
There are different types of disability care like medical and non-medical disability care or visiting care, residential care and extended daycare. And to choose the right disability care provider, you need to consider the following factors.
A. What are your Disability Care Needs
The first question you need to ask yourself is what kind of care are you looking for? Some disabled people require constant medical support. In that case, you might want to consider choosing nursing care services. Alternatively, you might need someone for non-medical support like helping you with running errands or doing household chores. Some disabled people want support workers for companionship and so on.
So, the first step is to determine what type of care and support you want. This will help you decide the skills and qualifications you want the support worker to have. Now, you need to decide whether you are looking for short-term or long-term care. For example, someone with fractured bones would be looking for short-term care while a permanently immobile person might be looking for long-term care.
And this brings us to another important question – whether you want in-home care or do you want to go out or stay at a facility. Once you have answered all these questions, you have an idea of what type of service you are looking for.
B. Qualities to Look for in a Disability Caregiver
Now that you know the kind of care you are looking for and the type of care provider you need, here is a list of qualities that you should look for in a disability care provider.
1. Empathy and Patience
This can’t be stressed enough. A disability support worker or for that matter, any caregiver has to be an empath. They should be able to recognize and understand your feelings to be able to help you in a much better way. This quality is more critical if you are looking for companionship or somebody to help you with personal stiff like showering, walking, dressing, etc or someone to teach you a skill. Your support worker should understand and empathize with your vulnerabilities and limitations.
Another important quality in the disability care providers is patience. And this is true for both medical and non-medical care providers. A caregiver needs to be immensely patient with disabled people, especially if they are working with children or elders with disabilities.
Ensure that the person/persons you choose can clearly communicate with you and are non-judgemental. They should be able to make you feel comfortable
Look for someone you can trust. It’s not always possible for friends and family to become your primary caregiver. However, you can still find trustworthy and appropriately qualified and skilled support workers. Hire your support worker from a reputed organization like Providence Healthcare.
Talk to them about your expectations clearly before making the final decision. Make sure they are punctual, have the skills you are looking for, and are punctual and dependable. Pay attention to how they interact with people around them. Observe how they handle stressful situations.
C. Verify their Qualifications and Skills
Whether you are hiring a disability support worker from an organization or independently, don’t forget to verify their qualifications and skills. Ask for proof of qualifications and do a background check. If possible, talk to their previous clients or look for their online reviews. Make sure you are hiring a legitimately qualified and skilled care provider for yourself or your loved ones.
D. Look for more than one Disability Support Provider
It’s not always possible to find everything in one person. And instead of relying on just one person for all your care needs, it’s probably better to build a whole team. For example, if you need help with personal care as well as support with learning a new skill, it might be a better idea to hire two different people for these two jobs.
It’s quite important to find just the right disability support worker for you or your loved ones. And this search isn’t always easy. But with Providence Healthcare, you can rest assured you can only get the best care.