Ravi Bhatt Shortlisted for IABCA Managing Director of the Year Award

Ravi Bhatt - IABCA Managing Director of the Year 2024 Global Finalist

We’re delighted to announce that Ravi Bhatt, our esteemed Managing Director, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious IABCA Managing Director of the Year award! This award is a testament to Ravi’s extraordinary leadership, dedication, and the positive impact he has created for our organisation and everyone we serve. About the IABCA Awards … Read more

“Working Together to Deliver the NDIS” Report – An overview

Working Together to Deliver the NDIS

The “Working together to deliver the NDIS” report, released on December 7, 2023, represents a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to improve the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia. This comprehensive report includes 26 recommendations accompanied by 139 actions aimed at transforming the system that supports people with disabilities. The primary goal of … Read more

Ravi Bhatt: Nominated for IABCA Awards 2024

Ravi Bhatt nominated for IABCA Awards 2024

Exciting news! Our Founder and Managing Director, Ravi Bhatt, was nominated for the IABCA Awards 2024 in the Managing Director or Business Leader category. We’re happy for him! Ravi is not just a boss; he’s a great teacher and a kind person who cares about everyone. If you’ve met him, you know what we mean. … Read more

Celebrating 5th Anniversary at Sunrise2Sunrise

anniversary

We are thrilled to share the excitement of reaching a significant milestone – our 5th anniversary! Thank you for being an integral part of our journey at Sunrise2Sunrise. Your support has been invaluable, and as we celebrate this momentous occasion, we’re eager to reflect on our achievements and share our vision for the future. To … Read more

Employee of The Month – Meet Rex

Rex - Our Amazing House Manager at Sunrise2Sunrise

Hey everyone, meet Rex, the House Manager at Sunrise2Sunrise! Rex is super smart – he has a Master’s degree in public health and health promotion. He’s really good at his job, and that’s why he got named Employee of the Month! Sunrise2Sunrise is all about helping out NDIS participants. We’re happy to have Rex on … Read more

What is a Support Worker? What Services Do They Offer?

What is a Support Worker

Support workers are essential professionals who provide services to individuals with disabilities. The NDIS is a government-funded program aimed at helping people with disabilities achieve their goals and enhance their independence.

Support workers in this context assist individuals in carrying out tasks and activities outlined in their NDIS plans, including personal care, daily living activities, community participation, and skill development.

What is a Support Worker

Support Workers work closely with NDIS participants, families, and support coordinators to ensure effective plan implementation, ultimately improving the lives of individuals with disabilities and promoting their inclusion in society.

What is a Support Worker?

A support worker is a professional who assists and cares for individuals with various challenges, such as disabilities or mental health issues. They work in different settings, offering physical and emotional support to improve the individual’s quality of life.

Support workers may have different titles and roles depending on the context and location. They can be known as personal care assistants, direct support professionals, caregivers, or home health aides, among other titles.

The key defining characteristic of a support worker is their dedication to improving the quality of life for those they assist and their ability to provide physical, emotional, and practical support tailored to the individual’s unique needs and circumstances.

Support workers may sometimes receive specialised training to work with specific populations, such as people with disabilities, mental health conditions, or the elderly.

Their role often involves assisting with daily living activities, offering companionship, administering medications, and ensuring the well-being and independence of their clients.

What Services Do Support Workers Offer?

Services offered by Support Workers are listed below.

  1. Personal Care: Assisting with activities of daily living like bathing, dressing, and grooming.
  2. Medication Administration: Ensuring clients take prescribed medications correctly.
  3. Emotional Support: Providing companionship and a listening ear to promote emotional well-being.
  4. Meal Preparation: Preparing and serving meals according to dietary requirements.
  5. Mobility Assistance: Helping clients with mobility issues to move around safely.
  6. Household Tasks: Assisting with housekeeping chores and maintaining a clean environment.
  7. Community Participation: Facilitating engagement in social and recreational activities.
  8. Skill Development: Supporting clients in acquiring and enhancing life skills.
  9. Transportation: Assisting with transportation to appointments or activities.
  10. Advocacy: Advocating for the rights and needs of clients when necessary.

Support workers tailor their services to meet the specific needs and goals of their clients, promoting independence and well-being.

How To Request For a Support Worker Under NDIS?

Requesting a support worker under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) involves several steps. These steps are mentioned below.

  1. Access NDIS Eligibility: First, ensure that you or the person requesting support is eligible for the NDIS. Eligibility criteria include age, residency, and the presence of a permanent disability.
  2. Submit an Access Request: To access the NDIS, you must submit an Access Request form. You can do this online through the NDIS website or by contacting the NDIS directly.
  3. Assessment and Planning: Once your Access Request is accepted, you’ll undergo an assessment by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to determine your support needs. During this assessment, you can express your desire for a support worker.
  4. Develop an NDIS Plan: If you’re found eligible, you’ll work with an NDIS planner to create an NDIS plan. In this plan, you can specify the type of support you require, including support worker services.
  5. Choose a Support Provider: You can choose your support provider, including support worker agencies or individuals. Research and select a provider that aligns with your needs and goals.
  6. Request Support Workers: Contact your chosen support provider and request support workers based on your NDIS plan’s goals and budget. They will assist you in matching with suitable support workers.
  7. Arrange Meet and Great Shift With Support Workers: Meet with potential support workers to discuss your needs, expectations, and preferences. This is an opportunity to ensure compatibility.
  8. Agree on Support Worker Arrangements:  Once a Meet and Greet Shift has been completed and you are happy with a support worker, work with the support provider to agree on schedules and tasks.
  9. Start Receiving Support: Commence receiving support services from your chosen support worker according to the agreed-upon plan.
  10. Review and Adjust: Review your NDIS plan to assess whether your support needs have changed. You can make adjustments and request different support worker arrangements if necessary.

Remember that the NDIS is a person-centred approach, so your preferences and goals should guide the selection of a support worker and the development of your plan.

For transparency and accountability, keeping thorough records of your interactions and agreements with your support provider and support workers is essential.

How Can Sunrise2Sunrise Help?

Sunrise2Sunrise can help individuals obtain a support worker. Call us on 03 9188 3499 or fill out the contact form to get started.

Women’s Month

International Women’s Day 2022: #BreakTheBias Sunrise2Sunrise is proud to be celebrating International Women’s Day and we are committed to raising awareness against bias and helping forge a world where difference is celebrated. In light of IWD, we would like to shed light on the unique struggles faced by a specific group: women and girls with … Read more