Diane Turner - Inspired to Serve

Back in 2007, Diane Turner’s mother was a resident at the Widows Home for 7 months before she passed away from Alzheimer’s disease. Before that, Diane cared for her mom at home for 10 years. Now working as a member of our staff as an activities assistant, Diane says it was the way she saw Widows Home employees care for her mother that inspired her to join our team three years ago. “Everyone was so great with Mom. They were so patient and caring. There was a time when I came to visit and I saw an aide take her time helping Mom put a brace on her hand [her mother’s hands were often in rigid fists and difficult to open]. She was so careful not to hurt her. She took her time and slowly helped Mom open her hand before putting the brace on. And she wasn’t doing it for my benefit, either. She had no idea I was there…I was watching from the hallway. That moment meant so much to me. To know that Mom was that well-cared for…it really made me feel good.”

Since joining our team in 2009, Diane has learned how to provide compassionate support and comfort to residents from the very same people who cared for her mother. She says that she loves her job and the time she spends interacting with our residents. Diane helps with the coordination and running of all kinds of Widows Home activities. She participates in bingo, gives manicures to residents, goes on resident picnics and other outings, and enjoys playing games and spending quality time with everyone who calls our community home.

Not that long ago, Diane experienced the compassion and support of the Widows Home family for herself as she battled cancer. She underwent radiation and chemotherapy for nine months, and today, is cancer free and loving life. During her treatment, Diane says that she gained a new appreciation for just how special the Widows Home community is. “I was shown the same encouragement and understanding that I saw my mom receive when she was here. My co-workers did everything they could to make things as easy as possible for me during my treatment, and if there were days that I was too weak or sick to make it into work, I was allowed to take the time I needed to feel better. The Widows Home community stood beside me when I needed it most. Even the residents helped pick me up when times were tough. They were kind and understanding, and offered lots of thoughtful prayers. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of the Widows Home.”

Today, Diane is feeling great and having more fun than ever taking part in activities with our residents. When she’s not working, Diane enjoys spending time with her family and antiquing with her husband of 33 years.

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