As a licenced practical nurse at Parkstone Enhanced Care, Heather Casey has dedicated her career to providing quality care to the residents she serves. In her role, Heather wears many hats. She’s a caregiver, a confidante and a friend. One of the greatest joys of working as a nurse in long term care has been connecting with the residents to make them feel safe and happy.
“I remember singing for one of the residents on their 102nd birthday in the parlour and another time for a resident who was celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary,” she says. “As a team, we also sing happy birthday to residents on their birthdays in the dining room at mealtime.”
Heather’s desire to become a nurse has been a calling. At the age of five, she remembers feeding candy medicine to someone and wanting to care for those around her. When she grew up, she naturally became an LPN. In the 20 years, she has worked in the licensed nursing home community, she has made memories that will last a lifetime. In particular, one touching moment sticks out.
“In 2019, I left the floor where I have spent 17 years working to move to another floor,” she says. “The team members that I worked alongside planned a little send-off for me where the all the residents and the team members on the floor came together and presented me with two dozen roses; I received a rose from every resident.”
For Heather, working with the seniors has been like working with family. When a new resident comes to the Parkstone community, she always makes sure they feel welcomed and comfortable in their new home.
“When people come in the door, they’re entrusting their loved one in your care,” she says. “From a young age I was taught to respect her elders and I’m not going to treat their loved one any differently than I would treat my own.”
We would like to thank Heather for her many years of dedicated service to our residents and for always going above and beyond to make them feel cared for and appreciated.