A team leader for the four dementia respite centres, Lisa has spent almost three decades working in public health and aged care in a public hospital, GP clinics, residential aged care, and a hostel for the homeless.
She believes HDRC Services’ respite support for people with dementia is unique.
Lisa said: “We foster an extremely positive and communicative relationship with our clients and their carers. It is very satisfying knowing that both receive the care, empathy, education and support they need. What makes HDRC’s service unique is that it extends beyond the time the client spends with us in our Centres. We provide families with strategies they can use at home to help their loved one with dementia continue to participate in their normal daily activities.”
Jade is Montessori Champion and has worked in Aged Care for 13 years and has a passion for supporting people with dementia.
She has recently completed her Diploma in Community Services Coordination, has a Certificate IV in Leisure and Health as well as Montessori for Dementia and Spaced Retrieval Training.
Jade prides herself on being positive and empowering people to be the best they can. She believes no matter who you are, or your level of cognitive function, everyone has a special skill and talent and Jade will help discover what it is. Jade is dedicated to supporting every person to accomplish great things.
Jade enjoys spending her time with her family, going fishing and is considering getting her recreational pilots licence.
Anne specialises in adapting the acclaimed Montessori approach into aged care – particularly our dementia respite programs. “I enjoy using the Montessori approach and see the importance of engaging people with dementia in meaningful and practical activities, which we customise to their interests and abilities. But, most of all, I love sharing stories with our clients and seeing their achievements each day.” In recent years, Anne has gained numerous qualifications in the field of Home and Community Care, and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare).
Sarah Stephenson came to HDRC Services after gaining a Diploma of Nursing. She loves the day-to-day interaction with clients and believes it’s important to make them “feel like family”.
What Sarah enjoys most about her role with HDRC Services is the chance to hear about the lives of the people she encounters.
“I particularly enjoy talking to our elderly clients – they have so much to offer in terms of life experience. I love learning about their achievements, their careers and their families, and it’s wonderful to see them really enjoying the time they spend with us.”
Sarah works at The Morton and Greenmeadows centres in Port Macquarie, as well as at our Laurieton centre.
For Lyn Campbell, our Greenmeadows day centre is simply “an amazing place full of amazing people”. An experienced Senior Support Worker, Lyn has qualifications in Aged Care, Leisure and Health, and Frontline Management. “Greenmeadows is like a second home to me and I try to make everyone who walks through the front door feel the same way. I’m a creative person and I love using my creativity in developing personalised programs for each client.”
After 12 months in her role, Kaye Lilley relishes the daily challenge of supporting people with dementia. “I really feel that I can make a difference in the lives of both clients and carers, who are sometimes doing it tough at home. I especially love working with older people: they’ve lived the highs and lows of life and have so much to teach younger generations – I learn something new every day.”
Kay is an integral part of the team introducing The WISER approach for community care into HDRC Services’ dementia programs.