Supermarket Keeps Retraining Employee Living with Alzheimer’s so She Can Continue Working

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When people are living with Alzheimer’s, sometimes one of the
most devastating parts for them is watching everything they knew and loved
about their live slipping away. That can include their memories, and their
ability to do their job and live on their own.

When Doron Salomon’s mum was already living with Alzheimer’s for
years, she was allowed to stay working at her supermarket job for five additional
years, and according to her son, that made a huge impact on her life, and how
long she was able to keep a part of herself going even as the disease
progressed.

Doron
Salomon tweeted on Sunday that his 61-year-old mum was even offered regular
retraining and support to ensure she could carry on.

Salomon told BuzzFeed News that this had a huge benefit as even her personality started to change.

Image courtesy of the Saloman family

“It
just gave her a real sense of purpose. It normalised her. A lot of her friends
have jobs and go to work and the fact she was doing something similar made her
feel like a normal person,” he said.

“One
of the things with Alzheimer’s is that you lose your social skills quite
quickly and you can’t join in conversations, but when it comes to her job she
could talk at length about it.”

Salomon’s
mom was a former book-keeper was hired as a picker, part of the team who put
together online delivery orders. This role eventually changed to cleaning the
boxes that the orders went out in.

“It
sounds daft but the roles she was given were very basic, particularly the most
recent one – but to her they became the most important things that anyone could
do,” Salomon said.

She
would often arrive at the store confused, but Salomon said the store always
made sure she was looked after. The company also changed her hours to better
fit with her sleep pattern.

In a statement, a
Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “Doron’s mum was a much loved colleague and
an inspiration to all of us. We’d like to thank her for her years of service
and wish her all the best for the future.”

“We just felt that over the years Sainsbury’s have really gone above and beyond what you’d expect, firstly from an employer and secondly from what is quite a big corporation,” Salomon said.

If someone’s live is changing, whether from environmental factors or illness, it’s always helpful for them to give some normalcy to hold onto — and it sounds like the employees at Sainsbury’s went above and beyond to support their fellow comrade.

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