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A day in the life of - Supported Living - Support Worker

A typical day as a support worker in a supported living service is likely to be working with 1 to 3 tenants on a 1:1, or shared basis. The day will usually begin with reading or handing over any updates from the previous days so that you know what is going on within the service and you are aware of the tenants plans for the day. If working the early morning shift, you will be supporting tenants with getting up, showered and dressed. After this, tenants might decide to have their breakfast or if they have medication, you will need to supported with this

We promote as much interaction with the Learning Disabled community as possible, so some of the support is going to meet friends at community centres and events or participating in group activities. After the hustle and bustle of the morning, the tenants may have college, activities or events to attend which they will either be driven to, or get public transport to with their support worker. Support workers may join in the activity, or sometimes they just drop them off and will pick them up later.

Depending on what the service user has planned, the support worker will support them to make lunch, giving them as much time and prompting to make whatever they feel like, utilising their cooking skills. This is a great time to promote learning new things, from how to peel a carrot, to how to make a soup from scratch!

In the afternoon, any money that the tenants have spent that morning should be counted by them and their support worker to make sure that they have all the correct change and can put this away in their personal wallets that the staff keep safe. This provides an opportunity to work on money and budgeting skills and ensures that the tenant is not over spending, or that money is not going missing.

At the end of the day, the support worker will document anything that is relevant to the tenants day on their support records so that the next support worker will be able to promote continuity of care.

In the evenings, tenants will cook dinner with staff support and again, use this time to practice their independence skills. This includes knowing how to cook and prep food, how to keep a kitchen clean and what is safe to eat. After this, tenants might go out to a gig, party, band practice, pub or they might just choose to stay in and watch a film or relax. Support workers will support them with accessing the community and when they return home, will document anything that has been done, count up any money with the tenant and make sure that they have supported the tenant with medication, making sure they have everything they need before finishing.

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