Caring for Caregivers: Improving Training and Safety for Support Workers
Tasks that caregivers take on are wide-ranging, from providing assistance in the bathroom to offering support when clients join in on recreational activities. They’re trained to understand the unique needs of people with disabilities and to manage a wide variety of personal interactions. But the fact is, every situation is different. There might be times when a client is frustrated and
acts out physically—that’s when even the most experienced worker can get hurt.
“All kinds of scenarios can take place,” says Dr. Beverley Temple, pointing out that there are many reasons someone might display challenging behaviour. For example, “an individual may get upset—they may be in pain or struggling with a problem. So they lash out.”
In addition to her roles as associate dean, Research and associate professor at the College of Nursing, Temple is also a researcher at the St. Amant Research Centre.