Spreading the light Florence Nightingale style
A nurse is an indispensable caregiver. A support system striving to offer competence, respect, compassion, kindness, and dignity … and Innovation for the Blind is fortunate to have the cream of the crop caring for our 360 residents! Today we celebrate these heroes on International Nurses Day!
Sr. Leylany Booysen
“I have been at Innovation for 2months now and have completely changed my outlook not just as a professional but as a person. It has made me so appreciative of my abilities and ashamed of the minimum that I am doing, compared to the people here, that our communities have labelled as disabled. I have changed the word and now call them multi abled, because they do so much more than what you will ever realise, do yourself a favour and come pop in here. It’s life-changing!! These people live full lives and achieve so much and are so open and positive about their futures. I feel so blessed and honoured to be part of these amazing people’s lives and to be part of the team of staff that truly has a passion and genuine warmth towards each other and our residents. I am thankful that God has given me this opportunity to make a difference and use my God-given skills for this less fortunate community.”
Sr. Karen Visser
“Working for Innovation for the Blind has been an eye-opener. Looking after the elderly is an experience that I wouldn’t want to trade for anything. We often forget that they once played an important role in society and then it became more difficult for them to move fast, think fast, and do what they used to do. We move them to the side-line, start talking over their heads, and make decisions for them. This must be difficult for them to adjust to. I regularly tell the caregivers “Always treat the residents the way you would like to be treated when you get to that age and the way you want your parents to be treated when they become old, frail and in need of assistance with daily activities”. The elderly used to be the young. They used to be workers and contributed to the economy, they deserve our respect and thanks. They sometimes act like children, but they are not children. They are somebody’s loved ones.”
Sr. Margie Oliphant
“I am Sister Margie, recently employed as a registered nurse at Innovation for the Blind. Due to the resident’s multiple disabilities, they require holistic support and approach in all areas of their lives. My role as a registered nurse is merely clinical therefore preparation and administering of prescribed medication is a very important role however where and when required I support the team with multiple duties as part of my educational role. As a registered nurse I took an oath to support those in need to the best of my ability despite age, gender, race, religion, or politics. Residents are very eager to get involved in what the organisation has to offer despite their disabilities, and I feel very privileged to work with them here at Innovation for the Blind.”