BC Care Awards – Safety Champion Nominee Kerry Skea

Every year, the BC Care Awards celebrate care providers who go above and beyond delivering care to our seniors.

In this nominee profile, we feature Kerry Skea from Brookside Lodge in Surrey for her work supporting the safety of residents and team members.

Why did you decide to work in seniors’ care?

I decided to work in seniors care because I love making a difference. I love helping them exercise, making them smile, advocating for them, helping them remain independent, and most of all, just being there for them. They tell such interesting stories and can be quite unpredictable at times. It is so rewarding to know you are making a difference in someone’s life.

What do you wish people knew about working with seniors?

I wish people realized that these seniors were just like you and I at one time. They held jobs, juggled family and aging parents, went on vacations, and most of all were, independent.  No one wants to end up in a care home and that is why we strive to make this their home, not just a facility. It hurts my heart when I think of how they feel losing their independence. I strive to help them keep their dignity and help them be as independent as possible within their home.

What’s your favourite part about working in seniors’ care?

My favourite part of working in seniors care is making a difference, even if it’s something as small as getting a smile from someone who never smiles or convincing someone to walk. I love working with such a fabulous group of people that strive daily to make a difference and enrich our seniors’ lives. We all have the same goal. This in itself makes all the difference. There is no “I” in team and I am reminded of that daily as I work beside such and incredibly superb care staff. I am truly blessed to be part of this team.

The BC Care Awards will take place on February 19th, 2017 at the Fairmont Empress Victoria. Registration is now open for BCCPA members and invited guests.