Last week, members from the Cherokee County Work Services (CCWS), Mid Step Services and the Pride Group inc. met at the Cherokee County Community Services offices for a training seminar.
Speaking at the event was Mae Hingtgen, who works for the state of Iowa's HCBS (Home and Community Based Services). She is the former director of Cherokee County Community Services.
During this annual two-day training seminar, Hingtgen talked to area support givers on a variety of topics concerning the needs of their clients.
They also discussed problems that support givers face on a daily basis such as clients needing to be convinced of care needs they might not realize such as personal hygiene. There are frustrations support givers have resulting from the limitations they have in dealing with sometimes stubborn clients.
Many of the clients who utilize the services of the previously mentioned groups have many diverse needs including physical and mental.
Most of the community assumes that the support givers are the same as care givers. Even though the clients are on a very personal basis with their support givers, the agents are not full-time, around the clock care givers.
The goals of these agencies are to show their clients how to care for themselves and to offer support when needed. They coach clients to get into daily habits and build peer support based on the clients' individual needs.
Other examples of how to help their clients reach more independence are just little things that can be done around a client's home such as getting a stove for someone who enjoys cooking or providing community volunteer opportunities for clients who enjoy such activities.
It is not always the big stuff that makes a client independent, usually it is just a little thing that makes a difference in a client's life.
The purpose of the annual training was to review coaching principles and skills and how the coaches are being supported in their work and how they can support their organization in making changes.