When you talk to Quincy Day Habilitation’s Rehabilitation Therapeutic Assistant, Mary Beth Mattie, you can see the sparkle in her eye as she talks about her commitment and love of family. Mary Beth’s dedication to her aging parents with failing health is inspirational. In the process of planning her wedding, Mary Beth tends to the daily needs and supports that both her father and mother have developed over the past several years.
Mary Beth’s dad was diagnosed with cancer and required continual care and doctors visits. As a result, Mary Beth needed to take a FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act). Mary Beth found this decision so difficult because she was so torn about leaving her second home at Quincy Day Hab. Mary Beth worried that those she served would miss her but knew that her commitment to her parents necessitated this leave.
Upon her return to Quincy Day Hab, Mary Beth found her work life to be her refuge. She says that it is wonderful to go to a job that you really enjoy. Mary Beth praised her co-workers and the Quincy Day Hab Manager, Bill O’Brien for their support during some of these more challenging moments. Mary Beth is a caregiver by day to those served at BAMSI’s Quincy Day Hab and a care giver at night to her parents.
When praised for this devotion to her family, Mary Beth commented, “They did it for me. Now it’s my turn to help them.”