Kenton supermarket heaped with praise for employing mum with Alzheimers disease
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A son has praised staff at a Kenton supermarket for allowing his mother to contine to work and going out of their way to support her after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Doron Salomon thanked the team at the Sainsbury’s Nash Way branch for their positive treatment of his 61-year-old mother who would sometimes arrive at work confused.
The 29-year-old said that rather than sack his mother after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013 – he asked that her name not be published – the supermarket chain continued to hire and support her until last Saturday, when the incurable disease finally took over and she resigned.
He said: “Sainsbury’s have seen my mum deteriorate to the point that every day for the last year or so she has gone into the store confused, as if she’d never been there before.
“They have always stood by her, going above and beyond to make sure she’s happy and feeling valued.”
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He took to social media to thank the store. His 16 tweets began with a “thread of thanks to @sainsburys.”
Within 24 hours, his comments had 4,731 retweets and 10,012 likes.
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The disease started to affect his mum in her early 50s and soon after she had to give up a job as a bookkeeper as the Alzheimer’s took hold.
In 2012 she applied for and was offered a job as part of Sainsbury’s ‘picker team’ putting together people’s online orders.
He told how supermarket bosses offered her regular training, changed her hours and created roles which didn’t exist so there was something she could do.
When his father would be called to meetings about her, store staff would want to know what more they could do to help.
“The sense of self worth and pride has undeniable helped with aspects of the Alzheimer’s, such as giving her something to talk about in social situations,” he said.
Mr Salomon added: “I hope people continue to support Alzheimer’s charities and maybe one day there’ll be a cure.”
A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “Doron’s mum was a much loved colleague and an inspiration to all of us.
“We’d like to thank her for her years of service and wish her all the best for the future.”To support research into alzheimers disease visit alzheimersresearchuk.org.