Margaret Stoddart kindness award winner Beck Little pictured with the colleagues who nominated her.
From left to right: Ann McKinnon, Hannah Hall, Beck Little, and Maria Warriner.
Whistling, going the extra mile and treating her residents like family are the key to success for Beck Little.
The senior caregiver at Margaret Stoddart Retirement Village and her faithful accomplice Jade – the village cat – make a winning combination when it comes to caring for and cheering up the village’s residents.
Beck says she makes an effort to know all her residents’ quirks, to always make time to talk to them, to bend down to talk to them eye-to-eye and to always go the extra mile.
Her colleagues have noticed and she was a popular choice as the village’s kindest person.
“Beck always goes the extra mile for the residents, she knows everybody's little idiosyncratic ways,’’ one of her fans wrote.
“For example one lady likes Beck to take the wrapper off one of her chocolates and pop in her mouth after something nasty like Panadol liquid. Beck knows who feels the cold and needs an extra layer, and who enjoys a hug. She is also very keen to help other members of staff when things get busy or stressful.’’
Beck is accompanied on her rounds by her shadow, Jade the cat, who is also good at cheering up residents.
Beck is also a keen whistler, which serves two purposes.
“Because I whistle a lot the residents always know I’m around and so does Jade. If I have a down day I whistle a Christmas carol and it cheers me up.’’
Beck said kindness meant doing all the little things that made a resident’s day better.
Her colleagues also said Beck had another weapon in her arsenal – her smile.
“She does everything with a smile and always friendly,’’ another colleague wrote.
“She helps out the new carers by explaining everything, and takes time to make sure they know what to do and how to do it before they are left by themselves. She always goes above and beyond for the residents, other carers, all other staff and visitors. She is wonderful!’’