Easy ways to broaden your skills as an independent support worker

Broaden your skills as a support worker

As a support worker, you apply unique, sought-after skills each time you provide support. Whether you’re an experienced nurse or just kicking off your career as an independent support worker, you can always increase, sharpen and improve your abilities.

What skills should you have as a support worker?

Sometimes, being a good support worker simply means being able to understand your client’s personality so you can provide companionship that meets their diverse requirements.

In aged care and disability support, many clients are seeking support to complete simple, daily activities. This could include mobility support, preparing meals, organising social activities and housekeeping tasks.

If you also possess additional skills such as dementia care, hoist and lift certifications or experience with mental health support, you’ll be able to market your services to a greater number of clients and will already be one step ahead of many workers offering support in your local area.

If you’re looking to increase your skill set, take a look at our list of courses in aged care and disability support. They’re all online, so you can increase your skill set in the comfort of your own home!

Learn more about person-centred support

Providing five free modules, Every Moment has Potential is specifically designed for disability support workers. Each module addresses “person-centred active support” – a method of disability support that is focused on ensuring anyone can participate in meaningful activities and social relationships, regardless of their ability. These modules provide helpful tips on how to increase the involvement of those living with a disability and how to encourage engagement amongst clients. Get started with Every Moment has Potential here.

Study dementia causes, treatments and management

Dementia is the second leading cause of death amongst Australians, which is precisely why understanding this disease is so important for workers providing aged care. The University of Tasmania offers two free online courses – Understanding Dementia and Preventing Dementia – to anyone that expresses interest. Discover their immersive courses here.

Learn the intricate language of Auslan

Almost 20,000 Australians use Auslan to communicate each day. If you’re a support worker and always wanted to learn a new language –  Auslan might be the one for you. The Deaf Society offers 110 different online beginner courses, a range of accredited Auslan courses and deaf awareness training. To find out more, visit the Deaf Society here.

Receive nationally-recognised qualifications

If you’re looking to receive formal qualifications, National College Australia is the place to go. Offering an array of nationally-recognised certificates in aged care, disability, allied health, mental health and community services, National College Australia allows you to improve and refine your support skills in the comfort of your own home. Learn more about receiving support qualifications through the College here.

Brush up on your knowledge of disability

Struggling to find the time to improve your support services? Empowability can help you out. With courses on everything from client rights to wheelchair positioning and case note writing, Empowability is an online resource which allows workers who are short on time to study with interactive, custom-made lessons. Discover Empowability here.

Looking for ideas to find more clients? Check out our guide here: Kickstart your Career with Better Caring.

Better Caring is more than just a support service – it’s an online community where long-lasting support connections are created between independent workers and clients. Want to get involved? Discover Better Caring today

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