Promoting good physical and mental health, identifying various kinds of illness and their complications, and responding to problem situations and emergencies are essential responsibilities for a community disability services worker. You can make your role easier when you develop strong observation and documentation skills and learn about each individual you support, including their medical history. Encouraging a healthy lifestyle, promoting a positive self-image, and creating a supportive environment all contribute to the physical and emotional wellness of the individuals you support.
After completing this module, you will be able to:
- Discuss how to help individuals make healthy choices about exercise, sleep, hydration, mouth care, stress, and addictive substances.
- Observe and report changes in an individual’s physical and mental health, and respond appropriately in emergency situations.
- Describe strategies that community support workers can use to enhance an individual’s self-esteem and emotional well-being.
- Recognize symptoms of mental illness.
- Describe how to provide appropriate care for people with epilepsy or other seizure disorders.
- Explain what is meant by sensory integration and describe the signs of sensory integration dysfunction.