Caregiving Careers: Which One Is Right for You?

Leah Johnson hold plaque for being awarded 2023 Employee of the Year by Envision Unlimited.

Respite Care Coordinator Leah Johnson was recognized as a 2023 Employee of the Year by Envision Unlimited.

Are you a compassionate, caring and patient person who likes to help others? If you’re looking for a new career that best suits these qualities, you might consider a job in caregiving. The profession offers a range of fulfilling opportunities in various sectors, such as providing services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs). Whether you’re a direct support professional, nurse, respite worker, care manager or similar professional, your role is integral in enhancing the quality of life for individuals with IDDs. Here’s what you need to know about the responsibilities and rewards of this career path.

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs)

DSPs work closely with individuals who have IDDS. They receive professional training and adhere to a nationally validated code of ethics and set of core competencies. DSPs handle a range of tasks, from helping clients cook to assisting them at their jobs. But their main goal is to support clients as they work toward reaching their full potential and become integrated into their communities.

Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)

RNs and LPNs provide medical care and are often responsible for administering medication, monitoring health conditions and educating families on how to care for individuals with IDDs. Their role is critical in ensuring that clients reach their developmental goals and receive treatment for their medical needs.

Respite Workers

Respite workers are trained individuals who temporarily spend time with individuals who have IDDs. This offers relief to primary or family caregivers, so they can catch up on regular daily activities and relaxation. The job is crucial for the wellbeing of both the caregiver and the individual receiving care, as it helps prevent caregiver burnout.

Care Managers

Care managers coordinate various aspects of care, from medical appointments to social services. They serve as advocates for the individual, ensuring they receive the resources and support they need to live a fulfilling life.

The Benefits of Caregiving Careers

  • Emotional rewards. Helping others live richer, more comfortable lives provides a sense of wellbeing that’s scientifically supported. And it offers caregivers considerable emotional satisfaction. When you work with the same clients on a regular basis, you get to know them better and see how your work is improving their lives.
  • Diverse experiences and ongoing learning. Caregivers work with individuals who come from various backgrounds and have widely differing needs. Since each client’s situation is unique, there are numerous opportunities for continuous learning and skill development. Your job will never feel monotonous.

Enjoy a Rewarding Caregiving Career With Envision Unlimited

Since 1948, Envision Unlimited has been dedicated to helping people with disabilities live happy, fulfilled lives in their communities. Our offerings, which include day programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; mental health, residential, and employment services; and specialized foster care, are designed to address the unique needs of each of our clients — regardless of age, background, or ability to pay. 


Our team comprises experienced, compassionate and caring professionals who are dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities. 

Being able to connect with individuals and families, understand their unique needs and provide support and respite services brings me a great sense of fulfillment,” said Envision Unlimited respite care coordinator Leah Johnson. “It's incredibly rewarding to witness the positive impact our team can have on the well-being of those we assist.”

If you desire fulfilling work that makes a positive difference every day, you will feel at home in the Envision Unlimited family! Check out our job opportunities and apply today!