I’m Karen and I am a support worker for the Apuldram Centre. I work with people who have a learning disability and I help them to live the lives that they chose. I work with people in their own homes in different types of accommodation, ranging from shared housing, with or without sleep-in cover, to self-contained accommodation.
At Apuldram we encourage people to be as independent as possible, but we understand that they might need some help to achieve this. My job involves many different things that together help people towards achieving their goals.
If I have worked a sleep-in shift, my day will begin from 7am. Most people are already beginning to get up at that time, but if not I will knock on their door and have a chat with them about the day ahead. I might need to prompt people to take a shower, or brush their teeth. Depending on the weather I might need to help people to choose the right clothes to wear for the day although most tenants are able to do this independently.
If tenants have medication to take, I will make sure that they have taken it as they should. I will need to sign medication sheets to confirm that I have seen them take their tablets.
I will be with tenants at breakfast, where I might need to help them to prepare their breakfast, or just be around for a chat.
Depending on their daytime activities, I will need to ensure that tenants are ready for their transport, and that they have everything that they need for the day ahead, such as a packed lunch or money.
During the shift, I will also have ensured that I have completed support plans and daily logs, along with any routine checks required.
Most of our tenants attend day services on weekdays. They will also have regular one to one support sessions of between 3 to 4 hours per week, in which they will undertake food shopping, do household chores, and where possible attend any appointments, such as GP or dentist. If I am their keyworker, I will provide their one to one support.
Evening support commences around 4pm. When tenants return from their day service activities, I will support them to participate in any household tasks whether it be their turn to cook, set the table, or do the washing up.
At the start of the shift I will also complete daily logs and conduct routine daily or weekly tasks, such as testing tenants smoke alarms and daily financial checks.
I will work alongside tenants to help them cook an evening meal. I may need to ensure that they are using the correct temperatures and timings, that food safety rules are being followed and that individuals are safe in the kitchen.
Later in the evening I’ll be prompting tenants to ensure that they have everything ready for the following day, before encouraging them to shower and brush their teeth before going to bed. I will sometimes accompany tenants to evening activities in the community.
If tenants have evening medication to take, I will make sure that they have taken it as they should. I will need to sign medication sheets to confirm that I have seen them take their tablets.
During the evening shift, I will also have ensured that I have completed support plans and daily logs, along with any routine checks required.
My shift will normally finish at around 9.00pm, unless I am working a sleep in shift.
The Apuldram Centre is currently recruiting full and part time Support Workers, to find out more visit http://www.apuldram.org/jobs/