Lakefield Care is the vision of Richard and Kirsten. They wished to create a unique company that is person-centred and puts clients to the forefront of their own care needs.
Kirsten holds a Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), Mental Health First Aid, the theory component of the Lifeline Crisis Telephone Support Work Course (along with live phone calls from callers) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), to name just a few. She has worked within the Community and Disability Sector since 2012 in various roles, including Support Work. Most recently, Kirsten worked as a Care Coordinator for another NDIS Service Provider. Kirsten continues to be inspired by a close member of her family who has lived with a disability for most of his life and she continues to support this individual to lead a fulfilling life. Education and self-learning is important to Kirsten and, no doubt, she will continue with formal education well into the future.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) and a BA in Business Management. He has 25 years of experience as a Manager and 13 years as a Support Worker. Richard has lived and worked in a number of countries, giving him a broad experience with people and cultures, and an appreciation of the worth of the individual. It was Richard's experience working in a wide variety of support positions that convinced him that the clients deserved more.
Although Yasmin is new to the industry, she has brought lots of transferable skills with her to Lakefield Care. Her clients love her organisational skills and "can-do" attitude: she gets the job done in record time. Yasmin loves supporting people to realise goals that they never thought possible and creating stability for people who may not have experienced this previously. Yasmin has lived experience in supporting close family members who live with disability and dementia. She is planning on studying nursing in 2022 and is a proud mother of one beautiful boy.
Our experienced Support Workers come from a wide range of backgrounds and all share one commonality = passion. We are selective in our recruitment process to ensure we choose individuals who demonstrate humanity and who possess genuine caring natures. They are client-focused and a "can-do" attitude is assured. In addition, most have lived experience of disability, either through their own lives or through supporting family or friends.
Here at Lakefield Care, we are happy to arrange a complimentary Meet and Greet so that YOU choose who you would like to support you on an ongoing basis: you truly are, in control! If, at any time, you feel you would like a change of Support Worker or if you feel things are not going as well as they should, please talk to us, we actually listen!!
Lakefield Care's Support Workers all possess the standard requirements for care work e.g. Working with Children, Police Check, NDIS Worker Orientation Module, First Aid and CPR Certificate etc and continue to keep updated with industry requirements.
As the Lakefield Directors have formal qualifications, we understand the importance of continued learning and encourage and support our staff if they wish to pursue further studies within the industry.