Caring For Those in Their Twilight Years

As an Occupational Therapist, Amira always knew she wanted to care for a living, but working with older people had never been on the cards. It turned out to be the best career move she ever made.

Amira is exactly the sort of person you’d want as your Occupational Therapist. She’s warm, caring, patient, and deeply passionate about supporting older people to stay in their homes for as long as possible, and empowering them to engage in meaningful activities which give their life purpose.

Based in a quiet village in the Blue Mountains with her husband, mother-in-law, and three grown daughters, Amira has been supporting BaptistCare clients across the Nepean, Blue Mountains, and Western Sydney regions for over three years.

As a first-generation Australian, Amira grew up in a close-knit, multi-generational family who, having recently migrated from Lebanon, were trying to make their mark in a new country full of opportunity.

“It was my Grandmother who raised me while my parents were out at work,” says Amira.

“I would hang out with her and her friends every day until I started kindergarten.”

Spending her childhood with her grandmother’s generation gave Amira a natural ease around older people, and yet when she qualified as an Occupational Therapist, she initially rejected the idea of working in aged care.

“I never thought I’d be any good at it,” Amira admits. “It’s a challenging space, and I wasn’t sure I had enough resilience. It was only later that I realised how special it is to work with this generation – I wish I had known sooner.”

“A privilege to serve humans in their twilight years.”