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Nursing home attendant Taylor Waterston committed suicide

The parents of a young Scottish care home worker who took her own life last winter said Thursday their daughter was driven to suicide in part by the trauma of having to wash countless bodies on the job.

Taylor Waterston, 22, was employed at Fullerton Care Home in Irvine and Shalom Care Home in Dreghorn, Scotland, where her difficult duties contributed to the mental health issues that led to her death, her grieving parents said in an interview.

Andi McCleave (right), Taylor Waterston's father, said her daughter witnessed two deaths in care homes a week.
Andi McCleave (right), Waterston’s father, said she sees at least two deaths in care homes a week.
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“One day she asked if I knew how many bodies she washed,” her mother, Lana McCleave, told the Daily Record news agency. “She’d lost count. I couldn’t believe it when she said it. She was just a young girl and had to do it regularly.”

Waterston had worked in nursing homes since she was 17, including during the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit the elderly population and residents of aged care facilities particularly hard.

Her parents said that seeing residents who were on the verge of death on a regular basis was hard for her to bear.

“She couldn’t distance herself from that,” said her father, Andi McCleave. “She told me it was one or two people a week that she took care of that she lost.

“The only other job you would do at that age would be a soldier in a war zone. What impact has that had on the mental health of the caregivers?”

Waterston had sought professional help for her mental health issues and was prescribed medication, but was no better.

She eventually quit her job and isolated herself from friends and family before taking her own life on December 19, 2021.

Since the death of their daughter, Andi and Lana have worked tirelessly to raise funds for charities that provide counseling to grieving families.

“It’s hard enough for us to get out of bed in the morning, but we want to devote as much time to it as possible and raise awareness,” Andi told the outlet.

Taylor Waterston began working in nursing homes when she was 17.
Taylor Waterston began working in nursing homes when she was 17.
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Lana McCleave (right), Taylor Waterston's mother, said her daughter lost count of how many dead residents she was cleaning up.
Lana McCleave (right), Taylor Waterston’s mother, said her daughter lost count of how many dead residents she was cleaning up.
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If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or having a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling.
If you live outside the five counties, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

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