The Pursuit of Happiness
Having been in recruitment my whole career and ran two successful businesses, in 2012 my wife and I decided to start our own aged and disability care service organisation, ADS Care. She had already been in the industry for 4 years and her dedication, professionalism and caring approach convinced me she should have the freedom to run an aged and disability care service the way she wants.
Initially I was in the background mainly assisting with non-operational tasks, such as websites, attending seminars and conferences, recruitment etc. As with most start-ups the first few years were very tough in terms of generating an income while maintaining our values of high quality care, individual choice and re-enforcing the values of participants.
As we grew I found my self spending nearly 100% of my time on day to day activities which involved training and mentoring support workers on the field. This is where I achieve my greatest satisfaction,
One example I always like to share is that 2.5 years ago we were supporting a 13 year old boy with Down syndrome. Although he has a beautiful heart he was prone to absconding, hitting, self-harm and general non-conformity issues. However we persevered and learnt more about his needs and wants.
I have supported him for approximate 100 hours without charge over this period in conjunction with his key support workers. Now 2.5 years on he has stopped hitting, never absconds, is active in the community and it is pleasure to be around him as we listen to his music and disco dance.
This participant has changed my life because after 25 years I now know what I was meant to do in my life. Although I am the CEO of ADS Care I am very hands on and relish the opportunity to play a part in the development or progress of people who need care.
This is a hard yet rewarding industry and I appreciate it more with each passing day and thank Care Careers for letting me share this life changing story.
Sunil Bhakri CEO
ADS Care operates across the Greater Western Sydney area.