Kate Atkin’s roots lay in the paddocks of the small rural community of Orange where she developed a passion for volunteering and helping the elderly.
“I always enjoyed talking to older people through the Country Women’s Association (CWA), hearing fascinating stories about their life and family history,” Ms Atkins said.
The 60-year-old said times were totally different when it came to aged care when she grew up.
“You had to be a can do. There were no care facilities. Seniors stayed at home. Through volunteer groups like the CWA and bush telegraph, we provided a network of support and care to those who needed it,” she said.
“Whether it was dropping into someone’s place with a casserole or looking after their children, there was always someone doing their share.”
After travelling Australia in a 40-foot bus to find the next ‘where’, she settled at Kenilworth and more recently decided to trade the bush for the beach on the Sunshine Coast.
Kate spent two years supporting a family friend and said she “took to it like a duck to water”.
“It was fascinating and rewarding. After that experience I ended up studying to be a full-time personal care worker and I haven’t looked back.”
“I guess what I bought from farming to the Sunshine Coast, I wanted to find a career that helped me continue doing what I did as a volunteer all my life.”
And she has found ‘exactly that’ at Just Better Care.
“I look at this career as a pay cheque with a purpose. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction and helps people remain independent in their own home.”
Kate hopes to continue embellishing her customer’s homes through her love for gardening, cooking, and puzzles.
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