Today I implemented my program to get to know my colleagues better*, so I shared lunch with 2 elders and a relief staff member.
Much to my surprise it turns out that on her own initiative and after completing the 1 day Eden introduction, this young relief staff member went out and got her driver’s licence and is in the process of applying for a PDP(Public Drivers Permit). The reason: She would like to apply for a position as a Driver at our home so she can assist residents going to the shops or doctors.
The only problem was that she didn’t think we would allow a female driver. So seizing the moment I addressed everybody in the Dining room and asked them would they object to having a female driver. There was a resounding cheer and a big vote of Yes! To see the elders come up to her and encourage her to apply to be the driver and how they would support her was both rewarding and heartwarming.
When I asked her why she had taken the step to get a licence and a PDP she told me that with Eden she realised you have to be multi skilled to work with the Elders and that she now would have more skills to help them. She then told me her dream is to train to be a nurse and work in a care centre.
We hope to assist her achieve her goals and to encourage her to assist us in our service delivery.
Story teller: Alan Geddes, Certified Eden Associate (November 2018)
Community: Methodist Homes – Eddy House in Benoni, Gauteng. 113 residents and 26 employees.
Date: 13 February 2019
- *This is part of the Eden Associate Assignment required for Certified Eden Associate status.