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Helen calls it a day

Saturday, 1st February, 2020

Helen Stephens (second from left) and the staff at Australian Unity who wished her all the best on her last day. PICTURE: Emily McInerney Helen Stephens (second from left) and the staff at Australian Unity who wished her all the best on her last day. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

Helen Stephens will be taking some time for herself after almost three decades with Australian Unity.

Helen started with the company when it was Home Care in 1986 and worked for them until 1990.

“I had a break due to some family medical issues,” she said yesterday. “But I came back in 1993 because I enjoyed it so much.”

Helen has worked for Australia Unity ever since and yesterday was her last day.

She has worked with dementia care patients and as the social support co-ordinator.

“I’ve done lots of different roles; admin, service co-ordination. 

“Home Care Services became Australian Unity in 2014.”

As part of her role as the dementia care co-ordinator, Helen ran the Bushview Cottage which offers respite care for dementia sufferers and their carers.

“I’ve loved doing it, it provides outings and activities, which is really good.

“There’s not much around for dementia patients.

“The social support also helps isolated people with their shopping and appointments. 

“That’s run by volunteers and we’ve had so many volunteers that have been with us for years. It’s a worthy program.”

Helen said she will miss all of her colleagues.

“I will miss them, I will miss all my office girls. I’m the loudest of the lot, so they might not miss me. I just like to have a bit of fun around the office.

“It’s a really great place to work but I’m ready to retire. I’ll go away and visit family and do stuff around the house.

“It’s time for me, although I’ll probably still get up and come to work.”

Helen said all the staff decorated her room and the office for her last day.

“They filled my room with balloons and took me to lunch at the Astra which was lovely.

“The staff at Bushview gave me a lovely gift.

“It’ll be different not working every day.”

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