Q. How long have you been at Calvary/ in your role?
A. I have been with Calvary Robina Rise for just over 4 years. I was part of the foundation team that helped to set up Robina Rise back in July 2019. I was a Leisure & Lifestyle Officer and just over a year ago progressed to Lifestyle Coordinator.
Q. What is the core focus of your role?
A. My core focus is to make Residents feel welcome, comfortable and actually enjoy where they are living as aged care has such a stigma. My main role is to plan, implement and evaluate a Lifestyle Program that provides a range of individual, group and community activities according to resident’s individual assessed mental, physical, social, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs and preferences.
Q. What do you love about your role at Calvary?
A. I absolutely love what I do, I don’t know what other job you can do where you can dance at concerts, dress up in the most outrageous costumes, throw spectacular special events, become a celebrity impersonator, spend time talking with residents who have a wealth of knowledge and have lived through so much. Lastly, I love just being there for them in their most vulnerable moments. It’s an absolute honour to be such a big part of their final years.
Q. What inspired you to pursue a career in aged care?
A. When I was in Year 11 at School, my mother actually enrolled me in the cert 3 Health services assistant as she wanted me to go down the path of Nursing.
I attended the course and did my placement in a Aged Care home across the road from my school. I was only 16 and it was definitely an eye opener, I continued as a nursing assistant for around 8 years filling in for the Lifestyle team here and there and found my passion very early on in my life.
Later on after my trip to Africa I knew I needed a change and I drove past Robina Rise which was being built at the time, applied for the job and I haven’t looked back since.
Q. Does the Aged Care Employee Day theme “You all make a difference” resonate with you? If so, how?
A. My job including everyone in aged care makes a difference in our resident’s lives. Our personalities are all different, we all bring so much to the table.
I enjoy working with my colleagues and learning so much from them, all the nurses, care staff, catering, cleaners, laundry staff, maintenance and administration teams, everyone plays such an important part of our residents lives.
It just takes a moment for one person to enrich the resident’s life.
Q. How do you maintain a sense of fulfilment and purpose in your role? What gets you up in the morning?
A. I aim to make each day different. I have built so many great relationships here at Robina Rise not only with Residents but with Families and colleagues.
I enjoy coming to work everyday and bringing a fun, positive vibe to the home and seeing residents enjoy and appreciate what we do for them. I am very proud to come to work everyday and consider Robina Rise my second family.