The Kenton branch of UK supermarket Sainsbury's continued to find ways to keep this employee with Alzheimer's busy, even after she was deemed to be "unemployable."
There are a number of horrible, debilitating diseases in the world right now that despite the advances of modern medicine, still cannot be cured. Of the list on which there are too many horrible illnesses to mention, there is none quite like Alzheimer's. A degenerative brain disease during which the sufferer loses their memory and effectively forgets their life.
It may sound like a callous thing to say, but a lot of the time Alzheimer's and dementia are diseases that affect those close to the person suffering with it more than the sufferers themselves. While struggling to remember your life and not knowing where you are or why you got there can obviously be upsetting, watching your loved one slowly forget you and being unable to comfort them during those times when they simply can't understand what is going on can be truly heartbreaking.
That's why the story of what the Kenton branch of what UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's did for one of its employees suffering from Alzheimer's is truly heartwarming. Ms. Salomon worked as a picker for Sainsbury's for a year before being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, reports the Good News Network. As her condition worsened, rather than let her go, the store found more suitable roles for her.
Nearly 6 months later, yesterday was her last day. Even when they probably should have let her go they didn't until now. My mum was emotional but relieved. Senior management have acted with compassion and handled everything with class and dignity.— Doron Salomon (@DoronSalomon) March 4, 2018
As the years passed, Ms. Salomon would show up to work not knowing where she was or how she got there. However, Sainsbury's continued to keep her employed and kept in close touch with her family. Even in 2017 when a medical assessment deemed Ms. Salomon to be unemployable, Sainsbury's still found a role for her, making her a tote box cleaner.
After Sainsbury's and Ms. Salomon eventually parted ways, her son Doron took to Twitter to tell the world her story and speak of the supermarket's kindness. He also revealed that when it was time for her to leave, she actually felt somewhat relieved by it. In a world where it can feel as if those suffering from degenerative brain diseases are simply sitting around counting down the days, Sainsbury's gave this woman purpose and didn't turn her away, even though they could have on multiple occasions.