Celebrating Quarter of a Century of Care
They say home is where the heart is, and for Metlifecare diversional therapist Sheree Williamson, the Palmerston North Village care home comes pretty close.
On July 14, the home celebrated 25 years of providing quality care to residents – a rewarding journey that Sheree has been a part of every step of the way.
“I started working here a few months after the care home opened a quarter of a century ago. In fact, I’m their longest serving staff member,” says Sheree, who spent her first 15 years as a caregiver before retraining to become a diversional therapist. Now she plays an integral role in residents’ wellbeing, connecting them to the community and designing activities that boost health and happiness.
A special high tea was held to commemorate the occasion, providing Sheree and her fellow staff members and residents with a precious chance to celebrate and reflect.
“We’ve had some great times here, there have been some very funny moments and some incredibly special ones too. It has been interesting watching the changes over the years, and how the place has grown. We’ve had lovely residents and families, and I always enjoy the opportunity to spend quality time with them. This is such a nice, friendly and homely place – we are all like one big family.”
For new resident Dot McMeikan, the birthday festivities were a great introduction to care home life.
“I moved from Hawkes Bay to Palmerston North to be near family and was originally in a serviced apartment in the village,” says Dot.
“However earlier this year I had a fall, which prompted my recent move into the care home. It’s a good place to be. The staff are very good, I join in as many activities as I can, and there’s good home cooking.”
The anniversary cake was no exception.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the 25th anniversary celebrations. There was a beautiful cake which I should not have had, but did anyway, and there was great entertainment. The whole afternoon was very lovely.”