A Passion for Continuing Care

September 10, 2021
Orchard Court Continuing Care Assistants Ashlee Greenough, Helen Nickerson and Audra Abbott.

Helen Nickerson is a Continuing Care Assistant at Orchard Court. Every day, when she goes to work, she’s doing what she loves: providing resident-focused, quality care.

This is something that’s near and dear to her heart. Growing up in Truro, NS, her mother worked as a registered nurse in long term care. Following in her footsteps, Helen found herself working in the same setting, starting in the kitchen, and working her way up to become a personal care worker. She then transitioned into a career in mental health until 10 years ago when she decided to write a new chapter.

“When Shannex came to Truro I saw they were doing things differently,” Helen says with a smile. “I was really impressed and wanted to be a part of it.”

When she became a CCA, she applied to Shannex, got the job and never looked back. Her decision has led her to a rewarding career.

“You get to provide residents with care in a loving way,” she says. “To be able to commune with the person is really special – I’m passionate about what we do.”

She points out that she’s surrounded by a team of like-minded professionals who are dedicated to putting residents first – a commitment that extends beyond Orchard Court. When COVID-19 outbreaks touched our communities, Helen put up her hand and volunteered her assistance, working in the non-COVID units. In particular, her time at Tucker Hall stands out.

“Some of these people I will never forget,” she says. “Watching them work with residents filled my heart and made me cry.”

Helen feels blessed to do what she does for a living and knows it’s more than a job – it’s a calling.
Thanks to Helen and all our continuing care and healthcare workers for everything they do to keep our residents safe, happy and cared for.

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