Army Corporal to Community Care … Introducing Glen

Glen Gibson is relishing his role as a Community Care Worker supporting seniors across the Southern Downs and Granite Belt to live independently at home.

Almost 180 people are receiving the support from the team via a home care package or and a further 1,500 households are benefiting the home assist secure program.

From Army Infantry Corporal to Community Care Worker

Glen served as a Regular Army Infantry Corporal and attended Duntroon Military College in 2005 and went on to become a Regular Army Lieutenant, before moving back to Stanthorpe in 2010.

“My youngest was born in Stanthorpe and while caring for him when my wife went back to work, I started to think about my future career and what I wanted to do,” Glen said.

“I always knew I wanted to help people. I love being able to help people maintain their independence and assist them in their own home for as long as possible.

“My previous career and my current role are similar in many ways, because at their heart is service and both require loyalty and dedication.

For couples growing older together, Glen’s role allows him to offer very practical and meaningful assistance.

“Often a person’s partner becomes a carer and is ageing also, it can be hard to do things they’ve done independently all their lives. There’s a gap there that Community Care can help to fill.

“If I could offer any advice to people who may be finding it difficult to maintain their independence at home, it would be to talk to us. Information is free and there’s no harm in finding out what is available.

“People can be a little apprehensive when they start out, but if they keep an open mind, anything is possible.

“People thank me for what I do, but they don’t need to. There’s nothing that’s too much trouble.”

Glen heralds from the Granite Belt - he was born in Warwick, grew up at The Summit and graduated from Stanthorpe State High School. He is bilingual and a qualified Thai interpreter/translator, most importantly he is father of two sons aged eight and 12.

Community care service options

Services range from low level support programs to home care packages and may include nursing, personal care, respite care, social support services, home maintenance, domestic support and access to allied health services.

Many community care services attract government subsidies and all operate under, and comply with, the relevant quality standards, regulations and funding body guidelines that govern contemporary home care and community services.

For information about the wonderful work we do please call us on 46617088 or explore a career as a Churches of Christ Care Community Care worker at our careers website.

Posted September 11, 2018 in News