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Helping the elderly is life calling for this nurse
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Gail Raymond is a nurse who labours to keep alive that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.

Speaking from Helen Henderson Care Centre where she has worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) for almost 17 years, Gail has made it her life’s work to deliver compassionate health care to seniors.

“I’ve been a nurse for 40 years,” says the 61-year-old. “I’ve enjoyed nursing which has always been in gerontology.”

A resident of Kingston since 1988, Gail is married with three children and two grandchildren. She was born in Nova Scotia where she developed a love for lobsters, lighthouses and moose. She is as devoted to her family as she is her work.

“My priority is the comfort of all my residents,” says Gail when asked about her job to care for 104 residents in the long-term care home. “I treat each resident like they are my parent.”

Citing the care, comfort and rights of residents as her top priorities, Gail becomes emotional when talking about her work.


 

“The happiness of residents and staff is very important to me,” she admits near the end of November 2017. “Staff need to be happy and feel like they have accomplished something.”

Attentive and dependable, Gail is known for her willingness to do any job in the home. It is one of the reasons she was named the Employee of the Month for December.

“It doesn’t matter what it is, if it’s for the residents, I’ll help,” confirms the RN. “I’m not above anybody. This is the residents’ home and it’s important to keep them happy.”

Speaking from Helen Henderson Care Centre, Director of Care Sue Reynolds notes, “Gail is a long-time employee who brings her heart to the home and puts residents needs first; sometimes even above her own.”

“Gail has been nominated by the staff because they can always count on her to get the job done,” continues the Director of Care. “Gail is an amazing support for staff to lean-on.”

Grateful for the feedback from her manager, Gail is quick to emphasize her pride for the home and its people.

“This home is special,” she says sincerely. “We always try to accommodate special needs and requests. Our highest priority is to keep our residents safe, comfortable and happy.”

Helen Henderson Care Centre is grateful for the compassionate health care of Gail Raymond.

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