Congratulations to Janine Bury from Extracare Home Services, the winner of our Aged Care Employee Day prize draw and a $250 Myer eGift card. Janine was nominated because she is a hard worker, goes above and beyond, and nothing is ever a problem. She is person-centred, experienced, has the best personality and is an asset to her company.
What was your reaction to winning the CareLineLive Aged Care Employee Day prize of a $250 Myer eGift card?
I was shocked, I know that I work hard but I did not know that anyone noticed that I do, I actually cried – it was happy tears.
What aspects of being a carer do you enjoy?
I’ve done nursing for 10 years, I love everything about my job, I meet new people every single day. I love that I can help, I really enjoy the aged care sector and the oldies as they have a story to tell. They are usually funny and have interesting experiences. People forget that the elderly were young once – they are interesting to have a chat to and a cup of tea with!
Does technology help you in your job?
Yes I use technology, I have an app that has all the information I need on it – roster changes are communicated and progress management. It was scary to think of the introduction of technology when I was used to using paper, and now I use technology it’s all there in one little click on the phone, it makes my job easier and I spend less time writing paperwork. I also don’t have to visit the office to drop off paperwork. So, I do find it easier using technology.
What’s your experience of being a carer during Covid-19?
I have an unwell mum that I care for as well – it was exhausting to tell my son I could not hug him and to take my shoes and clothes off at the door to stop infection. It was hard to tell people what you normally do with them, that you could not do with them because of the risk of infection; it was more mentally exhausting.
How do you switch off after a hard day at work?
I have a coffee on the beach in the morning to clear my brain before work. In the evening, I like a glass of wine and I love TikTok, it allows me to switch off and takes my mind off everything, I just zone out.