Car­ing Rina is a friend to suf­fer­ers

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For Coat­bridge gran Rina Doyle, her role work­ing with peo­ple liv­ing with Parkin­son’s is much more than that of a carer. On many oc­ca­sions, ded­i­cated Rina is their voice.

Rina was a carer for her hus­band, James, who had a brain tu­mour and sadly passed away aged 63. When Rina also lost her 89-year-old mum, for whom she cared, she needed a new fo­cus.

That’s when more than 15 years ago, her son and daugh­ter-in-law sug­gested she re­turn to her for­mer ca­reer as a pro­fes­sional carer.

Rina was al­lo­cated 15 hours with the Parkin­son’s Self-Help Group in a post that is funded by North La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

Just like the peo­ple with Parkin­son’s and their fam­i­lies and car­ers, the self-help group has been, for Rina, a life­line that changed her out­look on life.

She started her new job a week af­ter her mum Kitty passed away.

“Ev­ery­thing is sent for a pur­pose,”said Rina.

“This takes up a lot of my time and I am re­ally happy.”

The Shaw­head res­i­dent is also a be­frien­der who vis­its peo­ple who have Parkin­son’s in their own homes.

“I take them lunch and and they are glad of the com­pany. A lot of them are so grate­ful even the small­est of things. It’s quite un­be­liev­able.

“I try to treat ev­ery­one the same. When home care work­ers come in, they fo­cus mainly on equip­ment. But if they were able to al­lo­cate even half an hour to get a per­son up out of their chair and take just two steps, you have no idea the dif­fer­ence it makes.

“For some of them, I feel as if I am their voice. Their fam­i­lies are busy and they have things to do, and they need some­body to speak up for them.”

If there are as­pects of a per­son’s home care that con­cern Rina, she will not hes­i­tate try and have them ad­dressed. No two peo­ple with Parkin­son’s are the same, says Rina, and their med­i­ca­tion dif­fers too.

“You could be sit­ting here with four peo­ple with Parkin­son’s and some of the time, you’d not know a per­son has it. Then, you can get some­one with re­ally bad tremors. Some­times, their speech can go and swal­low­ing can be so hard that some peo­ple have to have their gul­let stretched. I com­fort them, give them a wee bit of em­pa­thy and let them know we are there. I tell them:‘Any­time you need me, phone me’.

Rina lives for the work she does for Mon­k­lands peo­ple liv­ing with Parkin­son’s and their fam­i­lies and car­ers, and it’s clear as she plays domi­noes with them and makes them laugh over a hearty hot lunch in Weaver’s Cot­tages, Well­wynd, that they adore her and love her com­pany and lively spirit.

Life­line Rina helps pa­tients out

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