I think the true meaning of Christmas is happiness.
What do you like about working over the festive period? And what is your favourite part about it?
I truly love everything about working through the Christmas period, everyone is always so jolly! My favourite part about it has always been the Christmas party, it’s so lovely watching the residents enjoy time with their friends and family while having some nibbles and a tipple. I love bringing people together, which is, of course, a lot tougher now.
What are the main challenges of working over Christmas?
The biggest challenge for me at Christmas is being a single mum to my daughter. When it’s the school holidays, I have to rely on other people to look after her so I can continue to work through them.
Do you usually see family or bring family to the home at Christmas to spend with the residents?
I always see my family on Christmas Day, that’s what it’s all about! I’ve worked a few Christmas mornings before which has been lovely because I genuinely look at our residents like family, so I get to see all 25 of my pretend ‘grandparents’ on Christmas Day… and that’s pretty special.
How will this Christmas be different for you, the team and the residents?
This Christmas is going to be very different for all staff and residents. It’s going to be different for the staff because we’re all having to work a lot harder, especially the activity team, to ensure the residents stay in touch with friends and family as much as possible through this very surreal time, thankfully we have great technology these days, so that does help.
For the residents, seeing their loved ones over Skype or FaceTime is absolutely wonderful and quite exciting for some of them, but it will never be able to replace the warmth of a hug. I look forward to the day they can enjoy that again.