An Arberglen Care Home employee has proved that age is only a number because at 79 she’s still as active as ever!
Jean Gebbie has been working at the home since it opened in 1991. Her roles have covered everything from carer to manager but when it came time to retire, Jean found she wasn’t ready to leave.
She is now the Resident Care Ambassador (RCA), a role which encompasses both the organisation and delivery of the activities schedule, as well as supporting residents.
And Jean finds that her age actually aids her with her job. She said: “My life experience and ability to empathise and understand residents, who are of a similar age, makes my relationships with them even stronger. I am lucky enough to be employed after retiral in a place where age does not matter.”
During her time as RCA Jean has learned a number of new skills including arts and crafts. She now regularly holds craft sessions with residents during which artwork has been created that now hangs on the walls of the home.
Jean added: “My tips for anyone of retiral age are that if you can and still want to, keep working in a job you love. Try to enjoy every moment and don’t be scared to try new things, learn new skills and take on challenges and opportunities. I went snorkelling for the first time four years ago and loved it. I also went downhill sledging that year. You are never too old to try new adventures.”
Within Arberglen Care Home Jean’s vitality and energy are an inspiration.
Manager Lea Morris said: “We do not look at age as being a barrier to work. We welcome the diversity that life experiences can bring to Arberglen.
“I feel that Jean’s experience and skills can only be of benefit to our small community and that we can all learn from her enthusiasm for life and living it to the full.”