Where are supported living jobs based?
Supported living social care is just as it sounds! This type of role means helping people living with disabilities to remain in their own homes, and have access to the same freedoms as everybody else.
Supported living is usually provided in a specially adapted ‘home’, for example:
- Shared living environments
- A private flat or apartment
People who need support might live on their own or in a small group, and so providing support can be a lifeline to help the person with the needs to live comfortably and as independently as possible.
What tasks are involved for support workers?
As you might expect, the types of support and help will be different for every person or group. The aim is to provide tailored assistance wherever it is needed. This can include things like:
- Personal care – help with washing, cooking and taking medications.
- Living healthily – shopping, socialising and getting fresh air.
- Communications – working with family members and community organisations, for example, enrolling in clubs and attending social events.
- Leisure activities – everybody needs a holiday every now and then! As a supported living worker, you might help somebody go on holiday, or help them get to a celebration.
- Practical home support – things like keeping to a budget, paying bills and help with paperwork.
This is a multi-faceted role, so as a support worker it is crucial to be happy to help where needed, and to be able to turn your hand to anything – be that travelling to the coast for some sea air, or signing a tenancy agreement!