Turtle lover is at ease in her own shell
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Turtle lover is at ease in her own shell

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Amy Eaton has a lot in common with sea turtles.

She swims with the current, navigates well and stays calm under pressure.

“I love turtles,” exclaims the 35-year-old with a smile in the summer of 2018. “I have rescued two sea turtles in the past.”

Speaking from Carveth Care Centre where she has worked as a Personal Support Worker (PSW) for 10 years, Amy talks about turtles the same way she talks about her work to help residents in long-term care: with care and compassion.

“I do things for residents they can’t do on their own anymore,” she says kindly about her job at the accredited home to assist people with daily living. “I like to listen to the residents talk because some of them don’t have anyone to visit them. If it was me, I wouldn’t want to be on my own. I’d want someone to talk to.”

It is this caring attitude that earned Amy Employee of the Month for August.

Speaking on behalf of the home, Assistant Director of Care Lynn Vereecken notes, “Amy is the lead for the Continence Team at Carveth Care Centre. She does a great job leading this group. She’s a great PSW who is always smiling. She has a calm and caring approach and will mentor students and new hires. We are grateful for her leadership and compassionate health care.”

“She is kind and understanding,” adds Charge Nurse Kelsey Keating, a Registered Nurse who works with Amy.

“If I can make a difference for one resident, I feel my day has been worthwhile,” states the PSW about her work. “If I can change or make things better for them, I’m doing what I’m supposed to do.”

Asked about the home, Amy admits it’s a good place to work.

“I’d rather work here,” she says with a smile. “The girls you work with on the floor are like family.”

Asked to describe herself, Amy pauses before answering.

“I think I’m pretty easygoing,” she says with modesty. “I don’t think I’m that interesting. I like to camp on the weekends. We go all over. That’s about the only thing we do outside of work.

“Once a year, we try to go on a cruise in November or December,” she remarks happily, unaware her preference for cruise ships might have something to do with their close proximity to her beloved sea turtles.

Amy smiles at the memory of her wedding on a cruise ship almost eight years ago.

“It was a stress-free wedding,” she says with a laugh. “You just show-up in your wedding clothes and they do everything for you.”

What many people don’t know about Amy is that she drives around with extra shoes in her car.

“I’ve lost a few flip-flops to turtles,” she says with a straight face. “I use them to get turtles off the road. I wave the flip-flops at the turtle to move it in the right direction. The turtle will also latch on to the shoe which gives me a chance to drag it off the road. Sometimes the turtles don’t give them back. I’ve already lost three this year. That’s why I keep extra flip-flops in my vehicle at all times.”

Carveth Care Centre is grateful for Amy Eaton’s love of turtles and people. To learn more about living or working in our home, please call 613-382-4752.

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