Keep it in the family
At Access Homehealth, we're all about family; working closely with clients and their nearest and dearest. However, one Otago family have taken this one step further with four members of the same family working as Access support workers.
With a combined experience of over 15 years, Judy Sanson and her two sisters Joanne Martin and Christine Matheson were joined a year ago by the youngest of the clan, Judy's daughter Kimberley. Each of the ladies had previous experience, meaning a move back into home care was an easy and natural transition after two of them found themselves out of work. For Kimberley it offered a lifeline when she found work hard to come by in the Dunedin area.
So what motivates each of them in their daily work? 'The clients!' they unanimously chime. 'They inspire me!' says Judy, 'It's the friendliness and there's something special about feeling needed. Like you genuinely make a difference to someone's day'. 'It's a rewarding job', says Joanne. Christine agrees whole-heartedly. 'I think it's important to keep the elderly and disabled in their own homes so they can be as independent as possible. One day that could very well be any of us in that situation.'
Kimberley enjoys the stories she hears, 'I love going into their homes and seeing the grins on their faces. We often have a good yarn and you hear the most amazing stories about the history of Dunedin and how it used to be. Some of them should write books, and as for us, we could write books on all the amazing things we hear (if we could). We do have a few clients that we all see and work with together. When our clients realise we are all the same family they find it an absolute hoot!'