Our Story

Cascade Care was started in 2007 by Rose Travers, the mother of a boy with a severe intellectual disability living in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Rose, originally a fully qualified Registerd Nurse, had been working as an I.T. Business Consultant for Macquarie Bank before caring for her son.

Her personal experience, raising a disabled boy and two other children, made her very aware of the difficulty of finding suitable respite carers for the disabled. Many times she found herself desperately in need of a break from caring duties, particularly when she needed to focus on the needs of her other children. Often it was impossible to find a respite carer, and even when someone was found they often had no experience in dealing with disabled children.

Through her personal experience Rose came to recognise a huge unmet need in the community. She became determined to set up a respite agency which would focus on the needs of the intellectually disabled and their families.

Rose’s vision, energy and empathy for the needs of the disabled and their families has helped Cascade Care establish an enviable reputation for the quality of it’s service and the commitment and dedication of its respite carers and support staff.

“I know how important it is for the families of the disabled to have a break – and how important it is for them to be secure in the knowledge that their loved ones are being looked after by respite carers who are competent and compassionate”

“Our aim is to provide the best possible care, whenever and wherever it is needed, and thereby help improve the quality of life for the disabled and their families”.

“Carers can often feel like they are virtually under house arrest at home, too exhausted from meeting the day-to-day needs of the disabled person to get out into the community. It can be an isolating experience for the carer, the disabled person, and other family members”.

“Respite not only provides a chance for the main carer to have a break, but also an opportunity for the person with the disability to enjoy an activity their main carer may be unable to provide. Importantly, it is also an opportunity for those with disabilities to be seen and included in the community.”