Home Care Workers provide support for older people or younger adults with specialist needs in their own homes. Home care, also known as domiciliary care, could be needed because of:
- mental health issues,
- old age, or
- recovery from accidents.
Learning disabilities vary in severity, requiring differing levels of support and care. These can be mild or moderate and needing some assistance with for example filling out forms or attending college, whilst individuals with more severe needs may require 24 hour care and support for them and their families.
There are numerous roles and settings where you can work with people with learning disabilities including support workers, specialist children and early years workers, residential care workers, service managers, personal assistants, social workers, learning disability nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists and advocates.
Settings will depend on the severity of the learning disability and can include the family home, residential homes, hospitals, community centres, schools, adult education centres and someone’s workplace.