BJ’s journey into caregiving began when his wife Judy was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s in 2011. He cared for her at home until her passing in 2019. Afterward, BJ volunteered with Alzheimer’s patients and completed an online course on to learn more about Dementia disorders through the University of Tasmania. Inspired by these events he approached the agency that he had used for respite—the Sunshine Coast’s Home Healthcare Network—and BJ began carving out a new role for himself as a companion caregiver.