The Key To Being a Great Disability Support Worker
23 April 2018
One question we’re asked by potential employees, and even our residents, is what we look for in disability Support Workers.
Nulsen Disability Services has the highest standards when selecting candidates to join the team. It’s especially important to the people we help, and their loved ones, that we’re only bringing the ‘right people’ into the Nulsen family.
What does a Disability Support Worker do?
The day-to-day tasks of a disability Support Worker will vary depending on the individual needs of the person you’re assisting. But, a typical shift may involve a few light domestic chores, assisting with medication, and helping with personal grooming and hygiene before an outing. There’s also a significant element of providing emotional support, and communicating with the resident’s family and friends.
Helping people live their best lives means finding ways that they can join the community in ways that are meaningful to them. Nulsen isn’t about ‘group trips’ to a novelty attraction. We keep an open dialogue with our people to gain clarity on what’s going to be a valuable experience, either as a one-off or part of a routine.
What qualities we look for in a Disability Support Worker
You’ll need excellent communication and listening skills. We highly value interpersonal, written and verbal skills, which help to develop good working relationships with residents, families and medical providers.
Patience and understanding are paramount. Demonstrated experience in complex problem solving, and the ability to think innovatively will also help support the desired outcomes of an interdisciplinary team.
Lastly, you’ll require a few certifications to carry out the job effectively. Depending on your level of qualification and situation, some training for certification may be able to be carried out through Nulsen. All employees undergo a rigorous internal training program to ensure they can deliver services in “The Nulsen Way.”
Australian drivers licence
Working with Children Card
First Aid Certificate
National Police Clearance (less than three months old)
Lastly, we’re looking for candidates who can demonstrate an awareness of how a person-centred approach relates to the NDIS. Those applying should also have a firm understanding of National Standards for Disability Services and the rights, needs and requirements of people with a disability from diverse cultural backgrounds.
If you think you fit the bill to become a disability Support Worker or join another area of the Nulsen family, see available positions available on our Careers Page.
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