The most important thing homecare and personal support workers do is help individuals with disabilities live at home and in their communities as safely and independently as possible. Personal support workers who are job coaches help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities find success at work by helping them learn new skills, build relationships with coworkers, and how to communicate well with supervisors and coworkers.
Homecare and personal support workers make an incredible difference in people’s lives by helping them accomplish what’s important to them in a way that honors dignity, choice, and independence.
Homecare and personal support workers provide help with:
- Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): This includes things like bathing, dressing, grooming, personal hygiene, toileting, and moving around.
- Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs): This includes things like cooking nutritious meals, grocery shopping, housekeeping, doing laundry, helping with medications, and providing transportation.
- Health Related Tasks: This includes things like helping someone with insulin injections or using their glucometer. It can also include helping someone who uses a ventilator, has a feeding tube, or uses oxygen.
- Job coaching (personal support workers only): This includes supporting individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities meet their career goals.