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Lydia Olifant, Care Partner, Huis Ina Rens, Paarl

Lydia_2Although she is a very skilled care facilitator and very hard working, without it looking like hard work, the difference that Lydia makes is not always tangible. It is the atmosphere she creates just by being herself and by being there. Lydia lives in the moment and is always present to the residents. This is an invaluable trait for someone who cares for people living with Dementia, as the immediate past and future can be dark and unnerving. Having someone with you in the present, helping you make sense of it and finding yourself there, is very special and comforting.

Lydia also has an effortless way of meaningfully engaging the residents in everyday life. She always invites the residents along to whatever activity and the companionship is evidently enjoyed and appreciated. Lydia is openly patient, not just accommodating, and energetically responds to the residents.

Lydia is dependable and consistent and genuinely cares. There settles a visible lightness on the residents when Lydia is around. It is very special to experience and comforting to know the residents will always come first.

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Lydia responded by saying
“ As ambassadeur gesien te word is vir my ‘n groot eer, want dit is my passie wat ek uitleef. Ouer persone of mense in geheel, is vir my baie belangrik. Of jy ‘n duur motor kan bekostig of die gewone man op die stratt is, iewers is daar iemand vir wie jy baie beteken. En om daagliks by my werksplek te sien daar word veryby kleur en omstandighede gekyk maak die lang-ure se werk so die moeite werd. Net die eenvoudige “dankie vir wat jy vir ons doen”, is priceless; want jy kan sien dit word opreg bedoel em waardeer. Maak nie saak waarvandaan jy kom of wat jou omstandighede is ne, as jy iemand kan laat lag of glimlag kan jy die wereld verower.

Doing good never hurt anybody, and that’s one trend that will never go out of style – well, not for me anyway!”
The SACF salutes you Lydia, for the difference you make in the lives of people living with dementia!