December 27, 2011

FIJI: Parents' death inspired her to care for elderly

SUVA, Fiji / The Fiji Times / Fiji News / December 27, 2011

By Tevita Vuibau

Samabula Senior Citizens Home nurse
Neelam Kishore.    Jone Luvenitoga

CHILDREN should take care of their parents when they enter the deserved distinction of their senior years.

But what if your parents passed away before you even turned twenty?

For Neelam Kishore, the answer to that was easy, apply to become a staff nurse at the Samabula Senior Citizens Home and take care of the elderly who have been forgotten by their families.

Mrs Kishore, who has been at the Old People's Home since March of this year said her parent's death, had been the inspiration for wanting to care for the elderly.

"My mother passed away when I was still eleven months old and my father when I was 19 years old - only in my second year at nursing school," said Mrs Kishore.

The 28-year-old who has no brothers or sisters, said after her father passed away, she would stay with her pastor during the breaks in the school calendar.

A devout Christian, Mrs Kishore credited her faith with bringing her through the tough times

"I didn't have a very good relationship with my stepmother and things were very bad," said Mrs Kishore.

"When I graduated from nursing school she threw my things out of her house and told me I was on my feet now and it was time to fend for myself."

"I then went to rent with one of the nurses and a week later I was married and now I have a young daughter," she added.

Mrs Kishore said the work at the home often got challenging but it was also fun.

"My father and mother are no longer with me but I have 22 fathers and 26 mothers here and sometimes it gets challenging because of the nature of the work and we have psychiatric patients here too which sometimes adds to the difficulty but I enjoy it," added Mrs Kishore.

Mrs Kishore said she had joined the home after serving in the operation theatre at Colonial War Memorial Hospital and at the Valelevu Health Centre.

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