Community support worker helps up to 13 people a day

Support worker Robyn Ruddell, on her new scooter, was nominated as a ‘‘Top Type’’ by Mike Beath....
Support worker Robyn Ruddell, on her new scooter, was nominated as a ‘‘Top Type’’ by Mike Beath. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Taieri Times is recognising people for the good they do in the community. In ‘‘Top Types’’ we are celebrating these people. 

This week, Shawn McAvinue talks to Royal District Nursing Service community support worker Robyn Ruddell, of Mosgiel.

Royal District Nursing Service support worker Robyn Ruddell had been in the job for five years.

A day's work usually starts about 8am and finishes about 5.30pm, in which time she helps up to 13 people in Mosgiel.

The work differs but can include helping people shower, take their medication or get out of bed.

The ages of her clients vary and the physically demanding work is rewarding, she says.

"I love it and I love the people - it's challenging and satisfying.''

To help get around to clients, and save on petrol costs, she bought a new magenta-coloured 49cc Suzuki scooter last month.

"It's ideal on the flat around Mosgiel.''

Mrs Ruddell was nominated as a Top Type by Mike Beath, of Mosgiel, whose wife is one of Mrs Ruddell's clients.

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