Making lives better

Nurse Next Door - making lives better. (pictures supplied)

In the vibrant community of Geelong, Kristy Kayler-Thomson, a registered nurse with over 18 years of experience, leads a Bold Pink team transforming care for NDIS participants.

Motivated by the limitations of traditional care settings, Kristy is dedicated to providing personalised care at home, empowering participants to lead independent lives.

Kristy’s journey began with a simple yet profound observation: small acts of kindness can make a significant difference in someone’s life.

“Our core purpose of Making Lives Better means doing the little things to put a smile on someone’s face,” Kristy explained.

Whether it’s offering to paint a client’s nails or helping someone rediscover a lost hobby, these small gestures are at the heart of Nurse Next Door Home

Care Services’ approach.

One of the most rewarding aspects of working in the disability sector for Kristy has been witnessing the growth and development of her clients. One client, once unable to boil water, now confidently prepares meals like pork chops and vegetables, guiding Kristy during recent visits.

“Seeing him take the lead and be so proud of his achievements has been an incredible experience,” Kristy reflects.

Another touching story involves a nearly two-year-old client with complex needs, including a tracheostomy and feeding tube. Nurse Next Door Geelong is working closely with her wider healthcare team and family to support her progress toward the goal of being tube-free by school age. Watching her achieve inspiring milestones brings immense gratitude to the team.

Nurse Next Door Geelong officially opened its doors in October 2023, starting with just one client. Since then, the service has grown rapidly, with a care team of over 20 individuals, including registered nurses, enrolled nurses and caregivers. This compassionate team provides premium personalised comprehensive in-home care in the Geelong region.

Kristy’s vision for Nurse Next Door was shaped by seeing her grandparents decline in a nursing home during the pandemic. Their desire to stay home highlighted the need for better support in local communities and drove her commitment to quality in-home care and nursing services.

The team believes in helping clients continue to do what they love, regardless of their disability.

“We always ask, ‘What did you used to love doing that you no longer do?’ and then we find ways to bring that joy back into their lives,” Kristy explained.

Services provided by Nurse Next Door Geelong include disability support, assistance with activities of daily living, nursing care, and companionship care, all tailored to meet the unique needs of each client.

As Nurse Next Door Home Care Services continues to grow, the impact on the local community is undeniable. Kristy and her team are not just providing care; they are fostering a sense of positivity, possibility and purpose.

If you, or someone you know, requires care, Nurse Next Door Home Care Services are open 24/7. Call 1300 100 247 or visit for more information.