Mark, inspiring Warrigal Employee

I chose Warrigal because I wanted to go back to having that feeling of satisfaction I had when I had my lawn mowing business.

There is a culture at Warrigal and a feeling of being a part of a team. Everybody is equal with one goal and that’s to make the residents happy and feel wanted. I received a fruit tray from Jo the Residential Services Manager at Albion Park Rail with a card that said “From your friends in the Nursing Home”.

At first I was worried that working in an area where a large percentage of residents had some stage of dementia, it would not bring me the same rewards as the elderly customers that I had whilst mowing lawns, as they still had full facilities and still at home. I was worried I wouldn’t feel that same satisfaction but I soon realised I was wrong. It was still the same and at times greater. I found dementia residents to be special people. Each resident is sometimes in their own world but all they need is to be wanted, to feel part of a family of worth. While their own way of acknowledging gratitude was not as structured and deep as my lawn mowing customers – it was done with that same honesty and sincerity. Sometimes it is not a thank you, it is just a simple smile or laugh or eye contact. But that feeling of satisfaction you get from that contact is amazing.

There is a resident who’s only form of communication is to say to me “Hello old mate”. So when I see her in her chair, I always smile and say “Hello old mate” and she smiles back and says “Hello old mate” back to me and that feeling of making contact with her is very rewarding.

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2 Pine Street, Albion Park Rail, NSW 2527
PO Box 435 Albion Park, NSW 2527
Fax: 4257 4232

Toll free: 1800 WARRIGAL

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Warrigal was founded by volunteers and they continue to be vital to ensuring our residents happiness. From driving buses to regular visits, even assisting with our business operations, we have many varied opportunities for anyone who would like to donate their time, energy and skills to Warrigal’s residents.

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