The role of a Direct Support Worker is to help maintain a clients well being and independence in their own home and in the community. They do this by providing a range of care and support services such as personal care, help with mobility, transport, domestic duties or just someone to talk to. A client may include people with disabilities, the elderly or someone with special needs.
Direct Support Workers are also referred to as caregivers, personal assistants or care workers.
Employment is generally permanent part time or casual with an average income of between $35,000 and $43,000 per year. It is expected that the need for Direct Support Workers will grow by 31% by the year 2020.
The most desirable personal skills for a Direct Support Worker is:
A caring and understanding nature.
An ability to communicate with a wide variety of people.
Ability to work independently without constant supervision.
A willingness to perform domestic duties.
Willingness to work flexible hours.
If you are looking to take the first step into a career as a Direct Support Worker the are a few different courses that will give you the qualifications you need to get started. These courses can be done at Tafe or private training organisations:
Certificate III in Individual Support. (CHC33015)
Certificate III in Community Services. (CHC32015)
Certificate IV in Community Services. (CHC42015)
The key modules that Accuro Homecare looks for in any related course are HLTWHS002 - Follow safe work practises and CHCCCS011 - Meet personal support needs.
If you are looking to further your skills in the industry to advance your career you can try these courses:
Diploma in Community Services (CHC52015)
Bachelor in Community Services (HE20528V01)
Diploma in Community Services - Case Management (CHC52015)
There are also other short courses such as Statements of Attainments that you can complete that will give you further skills in areas such as mental health awareness, domestic violence awareness, cleaning and food handling.
If your interested in working for Accuro Homecare, the following is considered mandatory:
First AId Certificate
A Reliable vehicle
Full comprehensive insurance
Whilst not mandatory, it would be desirable to have the following:
Working with children check
All vaccinations up to date
If you would like more information about becoming a Direct Support Worker ask to speak to one of our Human Resources staff on 1300 554 983.
If your ready to take the first step, go to our Employment page.
They say you are only as old as you feel. This is true. Age is just a number, so taking care of yourself is the most important thing you can do in your senior years to maintain your independence.
Everyone's situation is different so it pays to give careful consideration to yours and plan appropriately. Do you live alone? With a spouse that needs help? Maybe you are OK now but will need assistance in the near future.
Consider you and your spouses medical requirements. Speak to your GP and pharmacist and find the best way to manage them at home and don't miss your medical appointments. Be proactive with your medical checkups and get on top of things before they become more serious. Also be prepared for medical emergencies. Maybe give someone you trust permission to discuss your health care with medical professionals and where a medical alert bracelet.
Pay special attention to diet and exercise. You could pursue cooking as a hobby. This will keep your body and mind active and at the same time you can learn to prepare healthy foods that are suitable to your specific dietary requirements.
Get outside for some fresh. Its free. Go somewhere! anywhere, it doesn't matter. Walk to the letterbox and back or stroll the length of the beach. Do what ever you can manage on a daily basis. It all helps and will benefit you in the long term.
If you or your spouse are having difficulty with anything that will help you stay living in your home longer there are many ways you can get help.
NDIS OR National Disability Insurance Scheme - Here is a great checklist provided by the government that can help you determine if you may be eligible for NDIS funding.
My Aged Care - This link provides a information pathway on accessing aged care packages. This link will give you more general information about My Aged Care
If you already have funding or you have your own funds for services, you have many options for at home assistance. You can take a look at the services we have been providing the local community for over 14 years which include meal preparation, transport to and from appointments or social engagements, personal care such as bathing or mobility assistance and domestic support such as cleaning and ironing.
Utilising the services available to you may well help you and your loved one stay at home in your own environment longer and increase your well being at the same time.
Are you looking for some ideas for a fresh start to 2019? Here is a few simple tips that will help you on your way to a better year!
Exercise every day - Staying active is an important step toward healthy ageing. If your just starting out, give yourself 10 minutes of exercise a day. It can be as simple as a walk or gentle stretching or a swim. As it becomes easier you can increase the amount of time per week you exercise. In the long term, exercise may prolong your independence and delay disability. Here is an article from the Harvard Medical School you might find interesting.
Start a hobby - A hobby can keep you away from the TV and keep your mind busy. Depending on what hobby you choose, it may even help towards your exercise goals, such as fishing, dancing or bush walking. Gardening is also a popular choice. It gets you outdoors and moving and you can grow your own fresh fruit and veg while your at it. Research has shown that exercising the mind can delay the onset of dementia, reducing the number of years one may suffer from the disease as started in this article. This website provides dozens of games specifically designed to improve brain fitness.
Stay social - Spend more time with the grand kids. This can bring the family closer and help you stay active. Try a weekly catch up! Join a club, the local RSL will hold events for seniors to get together and make new friends. The Central Coast has many 50 + Leisure and Learning Centres and Seniors Centres. Go here for more information. Look for volunteering opportunities. You can support a cause that you believe in, learn new skills and give back to the community. Try this Facebook page for volunteering opportunities on the Central Coast.
Revive your friendships - It can be difficult to maintain relationships as you grow older but it doesn't have to be. Social media is well established. Reach out on Facebook, Instagram or other platforms or simply pick up the phone. You could try scheduling a regular catch up over lunch or coffee or down at the "local".
Most importantly, care for yourself! to stay independent in your home you need to be sure you doing the best you can for your health and happiness.
This Sunday the 'Row for Mental Health' fundraiser event was held at Crossfit Minerva in Tuggerah. The event was a great success with 65 athletes in teams of 4 row a marathon (42.195km) to raise money for the Black Dog Institute and raise awareness of mental health. All teams finished the marathon in an average time of around 3.5 hours with the winning team, 'The Big Rigs' doing it in 2 hours and 32 minutes. Accuro Homecare was a proud sponsor of the event were over $5000 was raised. Mental Health is an issue that affects most of us in one way or another so its great to see so many people get together to support such a great cause.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which was launched at 4 trial sites in 2013 which included Accuro Homecare as part of the Hunter Region, has now grown to provide services for 100 000 people across NSW. Of these 100 000, 31 000 were not receiving government support before the NDIS. For many, this is the first time they have had some control over their support services. For most, it allows them to stay at home longer, be healthier for longer and maintain their dignity for longer.
The NDIS scheme itself is the first of its type in the world and has become a great economic platform for the employment of thousands of workers across the state. This number of sector workers is expected to grow to 59 000 when the scheme is rolled out across Australia. A this stage only NSW, the ACT and South Australia have the scheme fully rolled out. The roll out for the rest of the country is ongoing.