People offering support directly to clients via the Mable platform come from all walks of life. They’re professional nurses, qualified disability support workers and veteran aged care workers. They’re also retired engineers and artists, parents working around family commitments and students looking for work around their uni schedules.
For many clients, the right support connection is not necessarily about the years of experience someone has under their belt. Or the qualifications they hold. Often, it’s about a shared passion, or a similar sense of humor. That’s why on Mable, you can search for independent disability support and aged care workers based on their likes and dislikes, interests and hobbies. And you can message workers to make sure you click before you start working with them.
A global, yet local, community
Importantly, Mable’s community of independent workers is also diverse, with workers hailing from all over the world. They bring with them unique perspectives and provide clients with the opportunity to engage support from people with similar backgrounds. Here are two of their stories.
You could say that it was destined that Ace would work in a health profession. With a mother who’s a doctor and most of his aunts and uncles in the field, his family’s medical background was a big influence growing up.
Originally from the Philippines where Ace holds a Bachelor of Nursing, he’s now in the final stages of his Australian accreditation at Deakin University. While he’s studying to be an RN, he’s offering support directly to clients on the Mable platform.
The freedom to choose clients that have also chosen him is what drew him to the Mable marketplace.
“I applied right away and within days I was invited for a meet and greet.”
With experience working in hospitals in his home country, Ace is able to support clients with personal care including massage, showering and dressing as well as assistance with medications. He also offers social and domestic support, and enjoys getting his hands dirty in the kitchen to help with meal prep, or supporting clients as they participate in activities outside.
But his real love is people, and being able to interact daily with others. It’s what drew him to support work while he finalises his degree. He also loves to sing – a hobby that brought him his most rewarding professional experience to date.
“Whilst working in the hospital, I had a patient who had dementia and had not spoken to his family in months. I decided to sing ‘You are my sunshine’. Suddenly, he started singing with me. One of his sons was standing behind us and crying. It was an amazing experience.”
Working with clients through the Mable platform was not the first experience Daniel had with supporting others. In his home country of Norway, he mentored young men with Autism and fell in love with the work.
Moving to Australia where he now studies international marketing, Daniel found Mable when he was looking for work in disability support. Through the platform, he was able to combine his passion for supporting others with a schedule that involved studying as well as a second job.
Through Mable, he’s working directly with clients with Autism and their families, using his love of exercise and the outdoors to help him build connections. One client he accompanies to the gym, where he helps him maintain a fitness routine.
For other clients, Daniel’s there as simply a friend to talk to. In these settings, he’s able to use his experience to support his clients at home and out in the community to build communication skills and practice social behaviours.
Interested in meeting more members of the Mable community? Search the profiles of people in your local area today.
If you’re interested in providing support, you can find out more here.