A disability support caregiver is someone who assists patients in performing regular tasks that physical or mental injury or illness may prevent them from doing on their own. The caregiver may work as part of a dedicated facility in such as a nursing home. He or she may also be part of a health network and provide caregiving in patients’ home as well. Caregivers help patients take care of their individual needs and provide the family and friends of these individuals with some peace of mind.
Whether the support caregiver works in a care facility or is part of a home health aide network, many of the duties are similar. The support caregiver will normally ensure that the patients in his or her care are provided with necessary assistance regarding feeding and nutrition. The caregiver may need to assist the patient in bathing as well. The caregiver can also assist in helping to dress the patient, as well as assisting the person in walking or helping to provide limited transportation.
To work as a disability support caregiver, a person will normally enter that field through training at dedicated caregiving vocational schools or community colleges. In some jurisdictions, a certification such as a DSP (Disabled Support Professional) is also a requirement. Most caregivers work in shifts throughout days, evenings, and/or overnights.
Disability Support Caregiver Tasks
Check patients' pulse, temperature and respiration.
Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming.
Maintain records of patient care, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
Change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.