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Q & A with an Enhanced Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant

June 25, 2018

Larissa, a Registered Nurse, is an Enhanced Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant on the Seniors Mental Health Team!

What is your favourite:

  • Colour: Purple
  • Book: Anything Harry Potter
  • Vacation Spot: Cottage up North
  • Food: Mashed potatoes
  • Holiday: Christmas

What made you enter your field of work?

I started volunteering at a nursing home in high school and fell in love with the 1:1 interaction and relationships formed. As someone who lost my grandparents at a young age, I was drawn to the senior population and looked to them as sources of wisdom and guidance. I saw what the nurses were doing and thought, I could do that! I also admire my grandmother who I did not get to know well, but who was also a nurse.

What does a typical day at work look like?

I visit seniors in the community and assess their mental health needs. I build relationships with seniors and their family members, family physicians, and nursing staff. I am a part of tons of collaboration and teamwork. My role involves working together to solve the puzzle and try to promote overall well-being!

What do you love most about your job?

The relationships that are built and the wisdom my clients share with me. Not one day is the same and I am always learning.

When you tell people what you do how do they react?

I find people are always willing to talk and interested to learn more. Often I will get stories of family members or friends who are dealing with their own mental health concerns and it is great because it opens up a dialogue which people would not always talk about otherwise.

What's one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

I love hockey! I spend most of my free time during the winter months attending Kitchener Rangers games and cheering on the Leafs as well.

What are your favourite ways to spend your free time?

I love visits from my two nephews who do not live close by. I enjoy going for walks with my golden doodle, Lily, and most of all spending time with family and significant other.