Falcon mum and daughter to forfeit Christmas with family to spend it with aged care residents


Joanne Oliver with resident Peter McMahon and Stevie with Tilly.
Joanne Oliver with resident Peter McMahon and Stevie with Tilly.

FALCON residents and mum and daughter duo Joanne and Stevie Oliver are just two of the dedicated care staff who will forfeit Christmas Day with their family to help care for the dozens of residents at Mercy Place Mandurah.

Joanne, who is working for the fourth Christmas in a row at the aged care home, said she loved her job so spending Christmas Day with residents was not really like working.

“It’s an honour to be here to care for those seniors who can’t be with their families,’’ she said.

“On the day itself, Stevie and I will set up a make-up and hair salon to make sure all the ladies are dressed for Christmas lunch and will take our dog Tilly, who the residents adore.”

Joanne and Stevie will be two of a number of staff members who will work on Christmas Day including nurses, cooks and kitchen helpers.

“Although some of the residents celebrate Christmas with their own families, there are many who don’t have anyone to go home to and its wonderful to be there for them,’’ Stevie, who is spending her fifth Christmas Day caring for the seniors, said.

“When most people are opening presents on Christmas Day, tucking into Christmas lunch, pouring a drink or enjoying family company, Mercy Health staff will be caring for others,” service manager Christina Venables said.

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