Many of us easily jump out of bed in the morning, have a shower, brush our teeth and start the day. But for some children and adults with physical disabilities, beginning each day is a little more challenging.
We learn how a CPL Mobile Carer supports people at home and how she’s been improving her skills with the help of a new conference.
CPL provides personal care services in the homes of more than 600 clients in Queensland, helping them with everyday tasks that many of us take for granted.
Debbie Grant is one of CPL’s Mobile Carers, and travels all across Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast supporting a range of clients to start their day and get out into the community and live the life they choose.
Debbie has been working in the disability sector with CPL for 18 months and says it’s one of the most rewarding roles she’s ever worked in.
“As a school student, I did some work experience at a school for kids with disabilities and it’s taken me about 30 years to get back to this career,” Debbie said.
“I love my role and I love coming to work every day because I get to meet some amazing people, and hopefully I get to improve their daily life,” she said.
From assisting someone to start their day to meal preparation or taking kids to movies in the school holidays, no two days are ever the same for Debbie.
“Our clients are all individuals and they should be treated as people, not their diagnosis,” Debbie said.
“You shouldn’t just go in and do a task, shower somebody; you’ve got to involve the clients, and you’ve got to show dignity and respect at all times.
“I’ve learnt that, more so now than ever, I need to empower clients to make the choices themselves.”
“It’s a job where you learn every day: I learn from clients; I learn from fellow staff members; I learn from parents of clients.
“I realise that instead of concentrating on their disability, I need to concentrate more on their ability.”
“We need to be providing the best quality service we can; we need to be people-focussed, and we need to provide care that has continuity for our clients.
“Everyone needs to be focused on the person not the disability, but the person as an individual,” she said.
CPL – Choice, Passion, Life