Meet Marie – Bupa super woman
Affectionately known as Marie ‘Bupa’ Dilly, in her role as community liaison coordinator, Marie Dilly works closely with care home managers, residents, referrers and families at what can be a very stressful time in a person’s life.
A real superwoman, she is on hand day or night to visit people in the community, staff the 0800 Dementia helpline, at the same time as helping people in the community make the transition to a care home.
Marie is dedicated to finding the right care solution for every individuals need. When a loved one requires residential care Marie will meet with family and along with the Needs Assessment team help determine the best care for them. With over 20 years of nursing experience many of which have been spent in aged care, Marie understands how it can be a challenge making the transition from home to residential care.
Starting with Bupa in 2009 Marie’s role of community liaison coordinator was the first of its kind. Four years on and after much success, Bupa has three community liaison coordinators across New Zealand. ‘‘I love my role at Bupa, I love the people I meet out in the community and it’s very rewarding when you see people settle into their new home,’’ Marie says.
Marie embraced her role at Bupa very quickly and soon became the ‘go to’ person. Always going above and beyond Marie was the proud winner of the supreme Personal Best Legend award, of which only one is awarded annually to a Bupa employee. Marie says, ‘‘I felt very humbled to receive the Legend award and was actually speechless for a while – which is not like me! I wear the new blue Legend badge proudly.’’
Care and understanding: Marie ‘Bupa’ Dilly loves her role.