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Retirement home worker enjoys time with seniors
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Retirement home worker enjoys time with seniors

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Jessica McCully feels privileged to work with seniors.

Speaking from Carveth Retirement Lodge where she has worked for almost five years, the 26-year-old brunette admits, “I love it here. When I got hired in the lodge, I decided they got me for life.”

Married with children, the Gananoque woman notes softly, “My grandparents were a big part of my life. I’m very fond of the elderly.”

The home holds a special place in Jessica’s heart for another reason. Her grandfather lives in the nursing home while her grandmother lives with Jessica’s mother who provides assisted daily living.

“I can only hope I am half the woman she is,” Jessica says kindly about her mother who worked hard to provide for her family as a single parent.

Asked to describe herself, Jessica replies, “I’m pretty quiet at first. When you get to know me, I like a good laugh.

“The residents call me smiley,” she adds with a grin. “I think it’s the easiest way to be kind and brighten someone’s day.”

Known for her kindness, Jessica is the home’s Employee of the Month for January 2020.

“Jessica is a dedicated Residential Aide who greets the residents with a smile and great compassion,” says Lodge Manager Phyllis Lorbetskie. “Having been raised close to her grandfather who is now in long-term care, she carries the value of family and aging close to her heart.”

Asked about her goals, Jessica admits she’s happy in her current role.

“I just want to raise good kids and healthy people,” she says wisely. “I don’t ever want to be the bad part of someone’s day. I enjoy life. I’m keeping on keeping on.”

Questions for Jessica

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

“I’d like to read minds, but that might get me into trouble. Flying would be nice, but I don’t like heights. I’d like to be able to eat as much cake as I want and never have any consequences.”

If you could rule the world, what would you do on day one?

“There are so many things that need to be done such as eradicate diseases, homelessness and hunger. I would put as much funding as I could into Alzheimer’s and dementia research.”

If you weren’t at your current job, what would you be doing?

“I’d like to do something crafty that would allow me to be home with my kids.”

Carveth Care Centre is grateful for the good work of Jessica McCully. To learn more about living or working in our home, please call 613-382-4752.

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