People of Ananda – Caroline

“Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be a nurse and I always admired my auntie who was a nurse. It is rewarding to go home after a long day knowing that I have had a positive impact in someone’s life.”

Caroline is one of our amazing Clinical Nurses at our Hope Valley site. She started working at Ananda over 10 years ago as a personal care worker and has worked hard, been dedicated and grown with our Ananda Family to become an inspiring leader within our clinical team.

Caroline has been key in implementing and creating our ‘Vineyard Project’ to support, enhance and enrich the lives of residents residing in our memory support unit.

Asking Ananda:

Tell us about the Vineyard Project:

Last year I attended a better practice conference and I learnt about the butterfly model of care. This model of care had been implemented elsewhere and had a positive impact on the residents well being specifically in the memory support unit. They became more proactive and engaged in the programs introduced.

Certainly, this was something I had to borrow, and I did. We wanted our residents to have some fun and cheer by implementing simple changes such as recreating their environment. So far, we have seen personalising our memory support unit has had a great impact on our residents.

I saw an opportunity to enhance the level of care and quality of life of our precious residents. I just couldn’t keep calm, I shared it and we embarked on a specific mission. A mission that creates an environment that is calm and homely.

You won the 2017 Ananda Staff Achievement Awards, how did that make you feel?

Ecstatic!!! I was thrilled. But it would be unfair for me not to mention that I did not achieve all this by myself.  We worked together as a committee. We made it because we chose to work as a team, we united in one voice, one common goal, one purpose and we made and are still making something beautiful.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned since working with the older generation?

The most important thing I have learnt working with the older generation is that they are as human as they can get, that they still have something to give, that they are a very important part of our society. It gives me so much pleasure to serve these people. People who have fought through life’s challenges, people who have endured a lot, and people whose memories tell tales, meaningful tales…people with so much compassion, counsel and comfort. It is an honour to serve them.  

When you’re not working, what do you like to do?

I like spending time with my family, especially my two adorable nieces Keilani and Tashelle. I love doting on them and spoiling them, I also love to sing.