The importance of building a team of supports during uncertain times

Imagine having a team of support workers you can call on for various different activities and services!

At Mable, we encourage clients to build a team of independent support workers, rather than depending on just one person. Here’s why:

1.   You’ll always have access to support when you need it – If one of your support workers is unwell or can’t make a session, you’ll have other options, people you are already familiar with and who are familiar with your needs.

2.   Different support workers for different activities – Someone who performs light cleaning duties may not be the same person you want to support you with transport to appointments or join you for social activities. Support workers have different interests too so while one might engage you in board games, another might share your passion for photography or something else!

3.   A range of different services – Support worker qualifications vary, from personal care through to nursing and allied health services.

Once you’ve met a support worker for the first time, you can start building a relationship based on mutual trust. We suggest having regular support sessions with each of the people on your team even if it’s just fortnightly or monthly, so that you each feel completely comfortable with the expectations around your support.

Your team supporting you through COVID-19

At any time, you naturally want to feel comfortable with the people who are providing you with in-person support, either in your home or, for instance, when taking you to appointments. During these times, it’s extra important that you feel confident, but for additional reasons.

When you view the profiles of independent support workers on the Mable website or app, you’ll notice that an ever-increasing number have a badge displayed, signifying their COVID-19 vaccination status. This can help you make an informed decision about who you choose to provide you support. Also, rest assured that every approved independent support worker offering their services via Mable has completed the Australian Government Department of Health’s COVID-19 Infection Control Training.

Virtual support 

During the pandemic and, due to lockdowns, uptake has soared for virtual support sessions and for tasks that don’t require someone to come into your home. There’s no reason why you should miss out on the valuable social interaction and companionship you gain from your support sessions.

You can search for a support worker with whom you can have a video chat support session. They can play games with you, guide you through a range of arts and craft activities, help you work on your budget or personal finances, research one of your favourite topics online with you, or share their knowledge or experience about an interest of yours. It could be modern history, Australian politics, model aeroplane building, or how to grow a following on social media.

Help with important errands

Support workers could also support you while you’re running errands such as picking up groceries, medications or pet needs for example.

Pursue your passions

Have you been wanting to start a TAFE course but need some support around enrolling? Wish you could learn the basics of guitar? Would you like to explore astronomy? These and many more activities can start with virtual support now and expand to outings when lockdown has ended.

When you have a team of supports, your options are so much wider! If you need some inspiration, simply
log in to Mable, and click on ‘Search workers’. You can filter the results to show people with specific interests or you can read as many profiles as you like, and see which workers mention something that sparks your enthusiasm.