Late last year, Edward (Ted) was given the opportunity to attend his daughter’s wedding thanks to our very own Suncare support worker, Daniel. Ted, who was navigating hospital and respite care, faced the challenge of making it to the Sunshine Coast for the joyous occasion.
As luck would have it, one of Suncare’s dedicated support workers, Daniel, a well-known carer in Ted’s life, had just moved to the Sunshine Coast and offered to help out! Daniel’s commitment to our customers is nothing short of extraordinary, dedicating hours to ensure that not only could Ted make it to his daughter’s wedding but enjoy his time without any worries.
Paula, Teds partner recalls, ‘It was extremely important for us to have that support. Danny is one who just fits in wherever he goes, he is always there. Ted Trusts him, so it really helped me out.’
On the wedding day, Daniel ensured that Ted was showered, shaved and impeccably dressed. He integrated himself into the different social dynamics, becoming more than just a support worker but a cherished companion throughout the whole celebration.
‘It was important to me because I had promised Ted and Paula I would do it and I wanted to help out. I wanted to make the family’s day more enjoyable by getting Ted ready and helping him walk his daughter down the aisle. The day was fantastic. It was very relaxing, and everyone had a great time. Ted has really bad dementia, but I could tell in his eyes that he knew everything that was going on around him. The best part of the day was when Ted walked his daughter down the aisle. Everyone cried. It was amazing,’ says Daniel.
In Paula and Ted’s household they follow a 3 C policy of Care, Concern and Compassion. These values, coupled with Daniel’s sense of humour, helped the day run like clockwork.
Feedback from the family flooded in about the day, expressing extreme gratitude for Daniel’s calming influence and exceptional care.