08 DECEMBER 2015
Thank you Bina Brown for sharing our story in the Sydney Morning Herald – “Online platform Better Caring facilitates care to help seniors stay at home”.
In the article, Bina interviewed Better Caring care worker, Lisa and her client Jack Moulos, 91 from Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Lisa takes Jack and his sister, Nell, 93, regualrly to the art gallery, the Botanic Gardens and somewhere for lunch. This allows Jack’s 89-year-old wife, Doreen, to do her own thing.
“Lisa is amazing with Dad and Aunty Nell. She throws herself into it and she is always taking them to interesting places, making it lively and extending their social contacts. Importantly, we know he is being looked after,” says the daughter of Jack and Doreen, Carolyn Cox to SMH.
“The free services with Department of Veterans Affairs are fantastic but there were certain things like taking people out just for fun that they were not able to do. We wanted Dad to be engaged and Mum to have a break,” Carolyn tells SMH.
Better Caring is an online platform where care workers and community members are matched according to their skills and needs. They negotiate their own hours and charges to suit each other.
Lisa, a former registered nurse, was discovered by the Moulos family on the Better Caring platform. She was recognised as having the personality and credentials that would work for Jack. “Better Caring allows me to be in control of who I care for and when. Jack and his sister Nell and I have a lot of fun finding new things to do each week,” Lisa tells SMH.
Jack and Doreen are on a government- subsidised home care package, giving them about sevenhourss a week of personal care services, including showering, shaving, help with physio exercises, cleaning and household chores and gardening.