Happier ageing with Nurse Next Door

Kristy Kayler-Thomson with the Nurse Next Door car. (pictures supplied)

In the heart of Geelong, a dedicated Bold Pink team is transforming the way care is delivered to those in need.

At the forefront of this change is Kristy Kayler-Thomson, a registered nurse with over 18 years of experience.

After witnessing the limitations of traditional care settings, Kristy felt a deep calling to create a service that would allow people to receive personalised care in the comfort of their own homes, on their own terms.

Kristy’s journey began with a simple yet profound observation: small acts of kindness can make a significant difference in someone’s life.

“Our core purpose of making lives better means doing the little things to put a smile on someone’s face,” Kristy explained.

“Whether it’s offering to paint a client’s nails or helping someone rediscover a lost hobby, these small gestures are at the heart of Nurse Next Door Home Care Services’ approach and underpinned by their philosophy of care known as Happier Ageing.”

One particularly touching story involves a client who had suffered a stroke and could no longer enjoy her beloved cross-stitching. Kristy and her team devised a way to adapt the activity, creating larger patterns the client could manage. This thoughtful adaptation brought immense joy and a sense of accomplishment back into the client’s life.

Nurse Next Door Geelong officially opened its doors in October last year, starting with just one client.

Since then, the service has grown rapidly, now boasting a team of around 20 caregivers, including registered nurses, enrolled nurses and caregivers. This compassionate team provides premium personalised comprehensive in-home care in the Geelong region.

Kristy’s vision for Nurse Next Door Home Care Services was deeply influenced by personal experiences.

During the pandemic, she saw her grandparents’ health decline rapidly in a nursing home, isolated from their loved ones. This painful experience reinforced her belief in the importance of home care.

“My grandparents wanted to stay at home, but the resources and knowledge to support them were lacking,” Kristy shared.

This realisation became a driving force behind her commitment to providing high-quality in-home care and nursing services.

The team believes in helping clients continue to do what they love, regardless of their age or physical condition.

“We always ask, ‘what did you used to love doing that you no longer do?’ and then we find ways to bring that joy back into their lives,” Kristy explained.

Services provided by Nurse Next Door Geelong include dementia and Alzheimers care, assistance with activities of daily living, nursing care, and companionship, to name a few, all tailored to meet the unique needs of each client.

As Nurse Next Door Home Care Services continues to grow, the impact on the local community is undeniable. Kristy and her team are not just providing care; they are fostering a sense of positivity, possibility and purpose.

If you, or someone you know, needs care Nurse Next Door Home Care Services are open 24/7 simply call 1300 100 247 or visit nursenextdoor.com.au for more information.