After living in the country, Rosemary Liu moved back to Sydney and took a job where she hosted people with dementia in her home – effectively running a day-care program for four clients. Previously a nurse, Rosemary soon added qualifications in community welfare which required a work placement. She undertook this with SCS, then Hunters Hill-Ryde Community Services and, luckily for SCS and clients, she stayed on as Carer Support Coordinator.
“I enjoy helping people, finding out about people’s interests, and matching clients and staff,” says Rosemary, who even enjoys the challenge of creating the roster of staff going to clients.
“We’ve got some NDIS participants who want to learn how to cook and one of our staff loves cooking so that’s a great match. Another participant wanted to learn tennis and a staff member here loves tennis: they have been having one-on-one tennis lessons for a year now.”
Based in our Hunters Hill Office, Rosemary has developed the role over the past eight years. She now oversees five carers groups and has also developed services for people with disabilities and a flexible respite program for over-65s.
Rosemary’s carers groups – mostly self-organised – are for people caring for people with dementia, for adult children with disabilities, people with diverse disabilities, and carers of people with acquired brain injury, spinal injury and stroke. A new social group for people caring for people with dementia is starting up, meeting monthly at Hunters Hill – if you’re interested, please do contact Rosemary on 9817 0101.