A typical day of work was providing care and support to my individuals with mental and physical disabilities, which included bathing, dressing, cooking, driving them to and from their work programs, providing incontinent care as needed and providing a clean, safe, and secure environment for which to thrive.
I learned that they are just like us in so many ways. They require a safe and loving environment to build trusting relationships with their peers and with the people that support them.
Management could be better at understanding their workers and listening / addressing their concerns.
Most of my co- workers were great people and actually cared about making a difference in the individuals lives.
I would have to say that the most difficult part of the job was when you lose an individual after supporting them for so many years. It's like losing a member of your own family.
The most enjoyable part of my job was watching their faces light up with a smile when you walk through the door and you know they are happy to see you and they run over and give you the biggest hug.