Aged Care Hero – Natalie Fulton

Recreational therapist Natalie Fulton from Summerset on the Coast shares a moment with 101-year-old resident Maisie Lund after Maisie’s COVID-19 vaccination. Maisie was the first aged care resident in the Wellington region to receive the vaccine

Natalie Fulton, Recreational Therapist at Summerset on the Coast, Paraparaumu was attracted to her role as she has always enjoyed working with the elderly.

“I believe society can learn so much from them. My role here gives me the opportunity to spend quality time with residents, getting to know them and their families.

“I’m involved in providing/delivering a programme of recreation and leisure activities that enhance a person's overall wellbeing and quality of life. The activities take into consideration the resident's skills, current abilities, interests, health and emotional needs."

While there are many aspects of the role that Natalie enjoys, her number one is being with the residents. Knowing that she has the ability to make their time in the care centre enjoyable and meaningful.

“A highlight for me is bringing a smile to the resident's faces and hearing their laughter during activities.

They bring a smile to my face when they reach out to give me a hug to greet me (thankfully we can hug in level 1!).”

Colleagues may not believe it, but Natalie can actually be quite shy. Growing up she was a shy child and afraid to talk to people.

“My kids say I am making up for those times now!” said Natalie.