Aides for daily living make a huge difference in the lives of those with special needs. The level of understanding and professional behavior required in performing this position properly, cannot be overemphasized. The quality of an aid can literally make or break an individual’s daily experience. For many, individuals an upset in schedule, routine, and regularity can have a lasting effect of unpredictable duration. It is imperative that the disabled individual’s needs, desires, and safety become a top priority.
Understanding and knowledge of each individual’s condition and its effects will make it much easier to be aware of his or her needs. This should eliminate any misunderstanding regarding the areas where assistance will be required. Those who are able to perform certain tasks on their own should act without interference. An assistant should be equally aware of the areas that create limitations, frustration, and difficulty.
Modifications of otherwise normal daily responsibilities are to be expected. Keep in mind there is more than one way to do most things, and we all generally choose the one that best suits our personal need.
Some people will reconsider this position upon realizing that assistance may be needed with bathroom duties. This is probably a wise choice. Those who depend upon this type of support deserve to maintain their dignity while having their needs met. It is also necessary for aids to give total attention to any modification, which may be in place in order to ensure the safety of the user. It is better for all involved to find a better match.
With this type of a position, occasional behavioral issues may be encountered. This is something that should not be taken personally, as it is often one of the effects of an underlying condition. This does not mean that misbehavior should be tolerated, but rather that patience should be exercised and the individual’s personal goal planning and behavior management plan followed.
Primarily the personal care assistant should remember that their client is a human being with the same needs, goals, and desires as any other. A measure of kindness and understanding, as well as an extensive knowledge of the disability is a great place to start for those wishing to become aides for daily living.