Have you ever dreamed of a holiday without your kids? No one to pick up after, no meals to cook, no lunch boxes to pack. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it?
There’s no doubt that every parent dreams about escaping on a solo holiday, but for parents of children with disability, the idea of travelling on their own can seem completely unobtainable.
Mum of two, Lauren, has been a stay-at-home mum for the past eight years, while caring for her two autistic sons, Archer 9, and Oliver, 7. Her husband Derek works long hours to support the family, which means Lauren was at home with the boys 24/7.
When Lauren’s sister who lives in England gave birth, Lauren thought she would never be able to visit her. She had trialled many support workers for the boys over the years, but found she was never able to establish any level of trust.
After discovering Carer Solutions and their Direct Employ service, Lauren was able to employ her own support worker after meeting Laura through a mutual friend.
Carer Solutions assists families like Lauren’s to set themselves up as formal employers and employ people they may already know. Carer Solutions take care of all the time-consuming stuff such as payroll obligations and insurances, giving families all the support they need, to employ their dream support team.
Laura already had experience as a support worker and onboarding her as Archer and Oliver’s support worker marked a pivotal point for Lauren and the whole family.
“It totally eased my mind, having Laura onboard. She is firm but fair, and she can rein the boys back in so that they keep their routine – they just love her,” she explains.
Not only does the Direct Employ service provide respite and peace of mind for Lauren, but it has also afforded her the freedom to take a three-week holiday to England. She had not seen her sister for more than three years and was finally able to meet her baby niece for the first time.
“Never in my wildest dreams could I have ever thought that this could even be possible – but with the support of Laura, it totally is,” Lauren explains.
Elizabeth, who is mum of three autistic kids, was also able to travel overseas for the first time since becoming a mum over 21 years ago. Thanks to Carer Solutions, she was able to formally employ her favourite support worker, Sebastian, who supported Elizabeth’s children while she enjoyed the trip of a lifetime in Europe.
“I encourage other mums to reach out to Carer Solutions and get the help that I now have. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and it is totally life changing.” Lauren explains.