Jo has been Peter’s dedicated carer for the last twelve or so months in the Sensitive Care Unit at Arcare Craigieburn. It’s a relationship that has flourished and has made a noticeable difference to Peter’s life.
Peter is happy, settled and finds it easier to cope with Jo by his side. He also has a cheeky sense of humour that Jo has really brought out in him. Jo elaborates, “I feel that I make a difference to Peter’s life by the acknowledgement that he gives me. He could be resting, with his eyes closed, but as soon as he hears my voice I get a big smile and a cheeky comment – generally along the lines of “oh you’re back”.
Jo will always give Peter a goodbye hug when she leaves for the day, explaining that she’ll see him tomorrow, which Peter really appreciates.
Not only have Jo and Peter built a strong rapport, but Jo and Peter’s wife, Pam, have developed a supportive relationship. Pam can see how much Jo really understands Peter and that the care she gives him is from the heart. “Pam will often show her appreciation with kind gestures and positive feedback, so I know that we’re doing the best for Peter.”
Peter, Pam and Jo’s relationship has grown over the months. “We’ve all learnt from each other and value the important attributes of a meaningful relationship – trust, mutual respect and honesty” says Jo.