Carer Renee an angel among the rest of us

Carer Renee Byatt with Shania Smith (14) and (back) Lumena Valle and Mike Rolls from Mayfair Property Services.
Carer Renee Byatt with Shania Smith (14) and (back) Lumena Valle and Mike Rolls from Mayfair Property Services.

The disability worker and mother of four says she has always helped people, so there is nothing unusual in her role as a respite carer through Life Without Barriers.

‘I just see it as normal ” that’s just what I do,’ she said.

‘I won’t see it as a big deal.’

For the past two years, Ms Byatt has been caring for Shania Smith (14), who has Battens disease, in her own home every second weekend and for half the school holidays.

‘She is a lovely girl ” she has a really ‘sick’ sense of humour so she is fun to be around,’ she said.

‘She is totally blind and has dementia.

‘I worked as her carer in house on Monday nights (then) her other respite carer was no longer able to take her home.

‘I have four of my own ” my kids are really well socially equipped and don’t really need a lot of support themselves.

‘It allows me to be able to do everything else that I have to do.

‘I’m also the full medical carer for my grandfather.’

Mayfair Property Services recently gave Ms Byatt a $250 donation for being a ‘community angel’, and sales associate Lumena Valle said the company wanted to give out similar rewards every three months.

To nominate a ‘community angel’, email lumena@mayfairprop ertyservices.com.au.