As we embark on a new year, we are so excited to be welcoming more and more aged care and disability support workers to the Careseekers platform.
At the heart of what we do is the community of aged care and disability support workers that sign up to our platform to start their careeers as independent workers.
One of our amazing workers, Prasanna, let us in on his journey as an independent care and support worker on Careseekers. Prasanna's story not only illuminates what inspires him in his work but also sheds light on day to day life as an indpendent worker on Careseekers.
Q: What made you decide to become an independent care and support worker?
A: My journey began as an elderly care worker. Despite loving my job, I felt a yearning for a deeper connection with my clients. I wanted to spend more time with them, listening to their stories and providing social companionship. This desire, coupled with the goal of obtaining my driver's license, led me to pursue the path of an independent support worker, where I could offer holistic help to my clients.
Q: What do you love about your job?
A: The joy of my job lies in the simple things - listening to clients' life stories, helping with their groceries, cleaning, and just being a courteous presence in their lives. Their appreciation makes me feel valued, and knowing that my assistance brings joy to some of the most hardworking people I've ever met is incredibly fulfilling.
Q: What does a typical day look like for you?
A: My day starts with a morning routine, some time with my plants, and a cup of coffee. I plan my outfit the night before and listen to Jay Shetty's podcast on my way to work, which sets a positive tone for the day. My work involves taking my primary client for a morning walk, engaging in conversations, music, and games like pool or cards, followed by assisting with household chores and personal care. I end my day by unwinding at home with a good movie.
Q: How does care and support work fit in around study and other responsibilities?
A: I recently completed my master's degree in social work. This job has been invaluable in gaining insights into the disability and mental health sectors, teaching me about the importance of the care provider-client relationship and the values of dignity, privacy, and empathy.
Q: What are some of the things you have learnt from doing this type of work?
A: This role has allowed me to form meaningful relationships with my clients, preparing me for my future in social work. I’ve honed skills in authenticity, trust-building, cultural competence, and maintaining a non-judgmental attitude, which are crucial in my profession.
Q: How do you make a positive impact in the lives of your clients?
A: I approach each client as if they were a family member, assessing if I am the best fit for their needs. Being genuinely interested in their lives and having meaningful conversations about topics like family, career, and personal interests are ways I make a positive impact. I also encourage a clean and enjoyable living space for them.
Q: How does Careseekers stand out from other platforms for care and support workers? What does it do that helps independent workers in their daily lives?
A: Careseekers creates a familiar and supportive environment, hosting events and workshops for growth, and providing valuable information. The presence of a manager and the confidence they instill, along with the support in job applications and negotiations, are significant. The founders, Marrisa and Lauren, make us feel our work is meaningful. They empower us as independent workers and managers of our jobs, granting us freedom in our work choices.
To become a care or support worker, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/carer
To find disability support services, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/services/disability-support-workers
To find aged care services, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/services/aged-care-workers
To make a referral, please visit https://www.careseekers.com.au/referrals