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In light of Aged Care Employee Day, we are celebrating some of our fantastic employees, who each make a significant difference to the lives of our clients every day.
Jude’s journey began in General Medicine at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 1993, which led to a role in the Department of Rehabilitation and Aged Care, as a Senior Physiotherapist. Jude left work in 1997 to begin a family, before returning to work at Brightwater Kingsley in August of 2000, continuing her passion of working with the older generation and working as a dedicated Service Manager.
“My passion is to see our elders maintain or improve their independence in order to support their dignity and self-esteem. I love to hear the stories they have to tell about their lives in times past and to acknowledge their amazing achievements and contributions to society,” says Jude.
For Jude, listening to and connecting with elders by chatting and hearing the stories of their lives is what she loves most about the job…
“Being able to make a positive difference in their lives by promoting their independence and dignity; enjoying some fun and laughter with our clients and the amazing team at Brightwater Kingsley such as what we do at the Move and Groove group; bringing a smile to the faces of our clients and their families and making them feel valued.
I have so many favourite memories from working with Brightwater - it is hard to limit to one. Completing a successful home visit with a gentleman, only to be told he didn’t want to go home because it was a lonely existence. Instead he chose to enter residential aged care. Made me feel that we had done a good job in providing this gentleman the care and support he needed. Seeing a husband and wife, both with dementia enjoy a slow dance together in the Move and Groove group. Seeing clients taking over the kitchen to cook a hearty group lunch for themselves from a secret family recipe.”
Outside of work, Jude has had some wonderful opportunities, having worked in USA for 18 months in the 1980s. She is so excited to be going back there, as well as being able to visit her brother in Canada over Christmas and New Year.
“I am looking forward to a white Christmas with my family (and seeing if I can still ski, 25 years later),” says Jude.
It’s easy to see how rewarding and fulfilling it can be to work in the aged care industry. We want to take this opportunity to thank Jude for her dedication, passion and ongoing support of both residents and staff at Brightwater Kingsley.