CARRAMAR resident and nurse Lee-Anne Broadbent will forfeit Christmas Day with her family to spread joy at an Edgewater aged-care facility.
Instead of spending the day with her daughters and extended family, Ms Broadbent will be ensuring people at Edgewater Mercy Hostel enjoy their traditional Christmas lunch and festivities.
“I love my job and so spending Christmas Day with residents isn’t really like working, it’s an honour to be here to care for those seniors who are unable to be with their families,” she said.
“Although some of our residents celebrate Christmas with their own families, there are many who don’t have anyone to go home to and it’s just wonderful to be there for them, particularly as I think of them in many ways as part of my own family; they are beautiful people.”
Mercy Health WA state manager Anita Ghose said Ms Broadbent and the handful of other staff working on the day were unsung heroes.
“When most people are opening presents on Christmas day, tucking into Christmas lunch, pouring a celebratory drink or enjoying family company, Mercy Health staff will be caring for others in their usual dedicated way,” she said.