Bethanie Volunteer in the Spotlight: introducing Kerry Brown
Kerry Brown’s decision to become a Bethanie volunteer all started with the wonderful community at Bethanie Gwelup. When it was time for her beautiful mum to receive a higher level of care, she moved from Bethanie Warwick Retirement Village into the aged care home at Bethanie Gwelup.
From the moment she walked through the door, Kerry’s mum was treated with such warmth and kindness by all the staff and volunteers.
Kerry’s mum just loved attention. When Kerry visited her, all her mum wanted to do was chat. She loved seeing the big smile on her mum’s face when she arrived, and spending extra time doing the little things that made a huge difference, like having a long cup of tea.
During her mum’s time at Bethanie Gwelup, Kerry started noticing a lot of other residents who really appreciated the small acts of kindness and extra attention too. She saw the impact the volunteers had on the residents’ general demeanour and overall well being after spending time with them.
Kerry said, “all the staff really felt like an extension of our family”.
Kerry could see the amazing work being done to ensure the Bethanie Gwelup community felt like family, and the efforts that were made to foster a supportive, friendly and welcoming environment for residents to enjoy in the later stages of their lives.
“When mum passed, I felt like there was a big gap in my life for a long while,” she said.
“Volunteering gave me the opportunity to give back to a community that gave mum so much love and support.”
Kerry is now passionate about supporting and contributing to the fantastic culture that makes Bethanie Gwelup feel like ‘home’ for so many other people at the later stages of life.
“To me, the best thing about volunteering is seeing people happy” she said.
“They may not have confidence in themselves or just feel a bit down. My job is to make them feel safe, comfortable and happy.”
Kerry loves the vibrancy and life that the younger staff and volunteers bring into the home, but also the understanding and sense of calm that the older members of the Bethanie team contributes.
“We are all here for the same reason – to help people.”
For more information on volunteering at Bethanie, visit the Bethanie website or call 131 151.