'It’s more than a job.'

Janine on 25 years at the Lodge.

Posted September 18, 2020

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For 25 years Janine King has dedicated her working life to the people of Oakdale Lodge.

Janine began work at the Lodge in September 1995, first ironing clothes to earn some extra money for Christmas and then briefly as a support worker.

Since, Janine has spent almost 23 years in a health support role.

‘I don’t do it all on my own, but I support our residents with GP visits, tests, ultrasounds, their medications … whatever they need support with,’ Janine said.

For Janine, this is far more than a ‘job’. It’s her passion, and one that has helped her form lifelong connections.

‘I have strong relationships with everyone here. I’ve taken them on holidays and I’ve been here when they’ve been unwell,’ she said.

‘They come and find me whenever they need things and I just love coming to work every day and spending time with them.

‘I love the people, and really, that’s what makes it more than a job.’

Janine has seen great change across her 25 years, especially when it comes to the support that is provided.

‘When I first came to work here all the residents went to day placement. There was no one here during the day. We got them ready in the morning before they went to work and then helped with their personal care when they returned in the afternoon.

‘Twenty-five years ago all of the residents were young people, and over time their needs naturally change. Some people have much higher support needs now.'

Although sheepish about attention on her 25-year milestone, Janine finds her work as rewarding as ever and is proud to have worked at the Lodge for such a long period of time.

‘It’s all just history, but I am proud to have worked here for 25 years. I just simply care about everyone I work with and support.

‘I like the way everybody enjoys life. They are a great bunch of people and they know that I will do everything I can to help them out.’