“We looked at aged care homes but ultimately Mum wanted to stay in her own home," Fiona says. “We all wanted to support that decision."
Fiona says it was stressful juggling her workload and team as well as trying to care for her mum from a distance.
When COVID-19 hit, Fiona says her mother felt extremely isolated, with family scattered across different cities and overseas unable to visit. Fiona made the decision to relocate to Queensland and work remotely to help care for her mum.
Once the borders opened between Queensland and New South Wales, Fiona has been working in both Sydney and Queensland under a hybrid model to facilitate the care of her mother in her own home; and maintaining a connection to colleagues and her work environment.
She shares her mum’s care with her family and the support provided under the aged care home care package her mother now has in place.
“Without the support of my family, particularly my brother; and Blue Care, neighbours and local community services I would not be able to manage my hybrid working model and Mum’s care.”
“My managers, my team and the businesses I work with have all been very supportive, through the complicated process of making Mum's care services a reality and my hybrid working model." Fiona says.
“Being able to temporarily move closer to Mum and work remotely during COVID-19, and since then being able to access a hybrid working model, has meant I am more effective as a carer and less worried about her."
“Working a full-time job as well as being a carer has its challenges," says Fiona. “But being able to access the hybrid working model by being able to work remotely at times, makes it easier because I can work around Mum's appointments and routines; and also manage her property."
Fiona says the time she has spent with her mum has been precious and has given her peace of mind, as well as a greater insight into the help her mum needs.
“The aged care system is not straightforward," Fiona says. “Don't be afraid to seek help and talk to others who have gone through the same experience."
“The carers that provide support to my Mum and our family are worth their weight in gold and we could not manage without them.”