THE HISTORY BEHIND URCHOICE CARE SERVICES
I thought to give people some information about my background and why I have created a 1.1 support service. I understand that people might need a sense of reassurance and peace of mind knowing there in good hands.
It all started at a very young age when I was 4 years old my mother use to take me along with her to help the aged as a volunteer helping with meals on wheels and visiting the aged in nursing homes. My mother would sit for hours talking to them and holding their hand I would dance and sing for them to help brighten their day. After getting to know the aged and with much inspiration I quickly found compassion for the aged and disabled.
I have always found the need to care for people and also know there is a great need out there for people. At the age of 8, I met an old man at a bus stop he said he had a granddaughter that can’t walk and needs a friend. She had cerebral palsy and seemed very lonely. We quickly became very close friends. Knowing her and growing up with her through the years showed me the different levels of need and care she required. When we became teenagers, I noticed she seemed to feel depressed so I asked her if she would like to go out.
While we were out I noticed how quickly it impacted her self-confidence and self-esteem. When I was 16 my mother read an article in the local paper about a mother who was seeking volunteers to help her 6 year old daughter who had brain damage. The mother needed help 2 hours a day with a trial of stimulating exercises for her daughter. I volunteered straight away.
When other people were no longer able to help anymore, I took their place and supported the little girl for 2 hours a day 5 days a week for 12 months. When I was 21 I offered to become a volunteer worker at a day care centre for the aged and disabled. I brought along art and craft activities and spent some social time with them and was delighted to find my time with them seemed to help a lot.
A man named Duggy (not his real name) spoke to me, (the nurse was very surprised, and told me) Duggy had had a stroke and never had been able to talk since. Duggy continued to talk a lot more and told me about how he use to work on a cattle farm. The nurses were amazed of his improvement.
I also worked as a volunteer for Lincs after completing a course. I helped mothers who were suffering from postnatal depression helping them in their homes.
Needing to support my family and wanting to help people more, I became a community care worker and went on to study for my certificate III in disability work. I have experienced the much needed help when, my father was struck with Parkinson’s disease. My mother being his full time carer, struggled as she was naturally overwhelmed by the experience and additional demands she faced. I helped as much as I could but being 3 and a half hours away and having to work to support my children as a single mother I was unable to help as much as I would like.
My father was paralyzed by this awful disease that took his life in 2010. I went on to study further for my certificate IV in Disability and Age Care Work. Knowing how much people need a 1.1 support service and services with various options I decided to support the community by creating a care service that will meet people’s needs within the community.