'Age is not a disability': Carers vow to change focus
FOLLOWING the call by Community Legal Centres Queensland for new laws to protect older residents against abuse, local carers Angel Potts and Linda Marsden are on a mission to change the state of aged care.
Angel and Linda, both Community Business Partners at Envigor Home Care, have vowed to do things differently, and are determined to allow their clients to live with independence and dignity.
Angel started her career as a care worker with the intention of making a change.
She recognised extreme mistreatment, exploitation and a lack of compassion within the aged care community.
"Age is not a disability, and it's high time we stopped treating it like one," she said.
The 37-year-old wife and mother gains satisfaction from helping and advocating for people who sometimes go unseen or unheard.
"There's no big secret to providing great care, you simply treat a person with the dignity they deserve," she said.
"Our core values are integrity, caring, family and team - and that says it all."
Angel's average day consists of visiting clients and ensuring they are receiving the very best of care and are happy with their carers.
Linda spends her days listening to clients, then planning what is needed to assist them to remain independent.
"I love the look on people's faces when they realise they can remain in control and get what they need when they need it," Linda said.
"We listen, we deliver, we respect each individual, we get to know the person.
Earlier this year, Linda assisted WWII survivor, Doreen Rice, with her transition to care.
At 82 years of age, Doreen hasn't had an easy ride in life having suffered through the atrocities of WWII, and losing her husband and soulmate in 2013.
"Life has been difficult without Norman by my side," Doreen said.
Doreen expressed her happiness with the level of personalised care she receives, and now feels her needs are finally being listened to, and met.
"Linda is so helpful, and such a cheerful lady, she's so obliging and always has a smile on her face," said Doreen.
"This experience has been a blessing."