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Interview with Aarju - Disability Support Worker

Posted about 1 year ago by Edmen

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​1. Tell us a little about your background and why you decided to become a Disability Support Worker?

I have done my Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Nepal and moved to Australia to study a Masters in Construction Management. I was looking for accommodation, and I saw a woman post on Gumtree that she can provide free accommodation in exchange for help in the house. The women had cerebral palsy and had been in a wheelchair all her life. I moved there and started to help her around the house, she then she asked me to join her agency so I could continue to support her. I had no background in health, so I did a First Aid and Manual Handling course and started to work as her carer.

I also worked with few other clients who had epilepsy and other disabilities. I didn’t have any family or relatives in Victoria so my clients were my friends and I thoroughly enjoyed being with them.

2. Why did you choose to work with Edmen?

Edmen is very flexible with work. I can choose my shifts and work whenever I am available. There are plenty of shifts available with Edmen and the staff are very friendly and considerate. I can do both short and long shifts.

3. What kind of work do you do on a day-to day with your clients?

Help them for personal care such as cooking, cleaning, and showering. I love that I get to travel with them and play games with them, participate in fun activities, encourage and empower them.

4. What has your experience been like working with Edmen?

So far so good. The staff have been very friendly and there is a 24/7 support available for us. I am delighted to be working with Edmen.

5. What impact do you feel you have on your client’s lives?

The fact that we help them to be independent actually boosts their confidence.

6. What’s the most rewarding thing about being a Disability Support Worker?

The joy of helping people everyday has boosted my confidence and improved my mental health. I am glad I work in the disability industry because I get to meet people and talk to them, otherwise I hardly know anyone in Australia.

7. What do you love most about your role?

Making a difference in people’s lives, having people around you and getting to talk to them, hear their stories and help them in their daily activities

8. Would you recommended Edmen to other people looking to work in the industry?

Yes, 100%. I have worked previously in other organisations, and though they were great, the shifts were very short. Edmen has long shifts as well which makes a huge difference to the hours I work.