Hello, my name is Jo and I’m the Envigor Community Care Business Partner here in the beautiful Noosa region of the Sunshine Coast. I was born in Blackpool in the UK and while studying for my degree in the UK, I worked as a carer in a Residential Aged Care facility.
On completing my study, I then worked for the UK Government for 20 years helping those with disabilities and the over 65s make benefit claims to enable to remain independent.
I emigrated to Australia in 2012 with my husband and two children. I can honestly say that it has been one of the best things I have ever done. It’s a beautiful country and I feel lucky to be able to live here.
My first job In Australia was as a carer in the community, but I soon became employed in the office as admin, then as a scheduler for community services with the same company that had given me my first job after emigrating.
I started employment with Envigor in early 2016 as a Care Coordinator at the Seasons community at Golden Beach on the Sunshine Coast and whilst doing this gained further qualifications in community services.
In February 2018, I become the Community Care Business Partner for Sippy Downs/Noosa. I enjoy working for Envigor as it’s a company with the same values which I hold dear to my heart.
I share a passion with Envigor to help seniors remain independent in their own home and to help them find solutions to their care worries.
Being the care partner allows me to meet people from all walks of life and I take true pleasure in listening to their stories.
Envigor is a forward thinking, innovative company who are so versatile on all aspects of their care services.
They really do pride themselves on looking after their clients and staff alike. I enjoy working for Envigor – it feels like family.
Jo, Envigor Home Care’s Noosa Community Business Partner, explains how she helped an Envigor couple continue living happily together:
“While working as a care coordinator, I assisted a married couple, Mary and John, who live together at Seasons Caloundra. Mary and John have been together for over 60 years and did not like to be apart. Mary has dementia.
After helping them coordinate services for Mary’s home care package, I noticed that John did not seem his usual chirpy self so while Mary was out shopping with her son I had a chat with John.
He opened up and admitted that he was beginning to experience carer strain.
Mary’s behaviours were changing and she was getting up several times a night. John was exhausted and just did not know what to do. Mary also began to get more frustrated that she could not do things for herself like she used to. Mary could also not be left alone.
John and I worked together, along with his children, to find suitable solutions on how they could stay together but still have some valuable time apart.
Bit by bit, Mary attended the day respite centre at Seasons, just an hour or two to start with so that John could go home and catch up on sleep.
John was nervous about this as he had not been apart from his wife like this before.
Mary enjoys her time at the centre, has developed trusting relationship with the carers and now spends a few hours a day there where John knows she is safe. She spends time doing activities she is fond of such as painting and craft work as well as sing along.
Mary goes home to John every day. As Mary now has a higher level of care package, John is able to have a sleepover at his son’s house every week while Envigor carers support Mary overnight.
Without this support, John feels that Mary would have had to go to a Residential Aged Care Facility which is something he and Mary did not want.
Mary recently has her 90th birthday party and it was wonderful to see how happy and content they both are, surrounded by the love of their family, friends and carers.”