20 December, 2023
New business helping Tablelands vulnerable
A NEW business helping vulnerable people receive the care they need in their own homes will now be servicing the Tablelands.
Starting the Nurse Next Door business in Cairns recently, managing director Zoe Watson, who is also a registered nurse, saw a need for a service that would help elderly and disabled people needing extra support.
“We can provide help around the home such as cooking and cleaning, companionship care, personal care such as assistance with showering and dressing, right through to 24/7 nursing care,” she said.
“With the ageing population, home care is going to be so very needed - by the year 2042, the population aged over 85 is set to double.
“These valued members of our community need to be cared for with the utmost compassion, and what better place for this care to be given than at home.”
So far, Ms Watson says the service has been benefitting many people in Cairns, particularly those who do not want to go to hospitals or aged care homes.
She says they are able to continue doing the things they love with the people they love without worrying about being isolated.
“Many people do not want to go to hospitals or residential care facilities. They want to remain at home where they are connected to their family, friends and the community, continuing to participate in activities that they love and that are meaningful to them,” she said.
“This service has also greatly benefited our client's families by taking the load and worry off their shoulders, allowing them to be family once again and not carers.”
To contact Nurse Next Door, call 1300 600 247. A registered nurse will give you a 90 minute consultation to help find the right carer.