Are allied health assistants required to assist with support work, personal care and hygiene activities?
You have no strict requirements regarding support work and personal care. You will be provided with information about a client’s needs before you apply to work with them.
An allied health assistant’s primary role is to help build a client’s capacity. This said, sometimes your role and responsibilities won’t appear ‘therapeutic’, e.g helping a client with an intellectual disability to get ready for school. However, it is important to remember that there are strategies you can use to help organise their thoughts and executive planning to increase your client’s independence.
When supporting a client in everyday tasks, remember to keep a client’s goals in mind and implement therapy strategies where appropriate. You can ask the client’s allied health professional to provide guidance on how to do this.
It’s a good idea to chat about any non-therapeutic work that the client may need help with while you’re working with them during your meet and greet. Depending on what your clients need are and how comfortable you feel with the type of additional activities they are requesting, you can decide how you would like to proceed.
- let them know you’d like to work with them but would prefer not to assist with anything that is non-therapeutic,
- let them know you’d like to work with them but ask them to modify the activities to a level you feel comfortable helping with, or
- choose not to proceed.
The main thing to keep in mind is that it’s always better to be open and honest from the get-go.