Working in aged care can pull at your heartstrings. After just coming from the hospital and hearing the sad news that a resident was now receiving palliative care and would not be with us much longer, I pulled up at Seasons Caloundra and was greeted by a beautiful lady, still very much full of life and purpose.
With a cup of tea in hand, her slouch hat on, enjoying the afternoon sun on the seat between two garden beds, this beautiful lady greeted me by asking “Do you like the flowers in my garden?”
Often, we are always in a hurry but I stopped and spent some time with this lovely lady. She introduced herself as Faye Clark. We chatted for a while and she was so proud of her gardens and the pleasure they bring to people.
I thanked her for the wonderful work she has done with the gardens. With a smile, she then told me, “Do you know I am turning 100 years old next month?” I asked her when. “29th July,” she replied. So, Faye and I have a date next month on her 100th birthday!
Working in aged care teaches us many lessons. Our ageing population still have a purpose and they still teach us every day.
I feel such a privilege to meet this amazing and beautiful lady – one of many across our Seasons communities.