Hear from Terry Ryan

Founder of Max Family

 

Our aim is very simple, if it helps one family we would have felt we’ve done enough, but after nearly nine thousand attendees of the family care workshop which have been held right across New South Wales, I think, I’m very happy that we’ve helped more than one family.

What was your intention for Max Family?

My intention was about providing support to families that I knew around me who simply were not equipped to be able to handle the challenges of lifelong care. The aim was very simple, if it just helps one family we would have felt we’ve done enough, but after nearly nine thousand attendees of the family care workshops which have been held right across New South Wales, I think, I’m very happy that we’ve helped more than one family.

What was your process in creating this program?

That’s a hard question, because the process largely isn’t prescriptive, but actually we’ve wondered sometimes, where in fact the information comes from? So, when I often written materials and look at the resources or proofread my manuscript, I would think where on earth did that come from.  Simple answer to that is, interaction with many families and mothers and fathers and siblings and carers and professionals involved with the challenges of lifelong care.

How do you feel seeing the fruit of Max Family?

How did I give an answer for that?  For me, it’s mixed feelings. I had a sense of Deja vu in terms of almost reliving those early days again tonight. The challenges are there,  the milestones of lifelong care are there. The prescriptive outcomes associated with strategies and how that might be dealt with are there. Particularly the question of empowerment and also a question of being able to let go once you do developed the understanding, the knowledge and the attitude to take on all those challenges.

Yeah feelings, ubiquitous, what do I mean by that? It’s like a hailstorm of feelings and emotions that, and I guess the hopefulness that comes from seeing so many people here tonight who’ve done the course and actually hitting home the basic tools that they need to be able to handle the twenty four hour care seven days a week, for a lifetime. That’s the main thing.

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