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Cullan Orr has heart for helping people

By WILLIAM WRIGHT Staff Writer
Posted 7/17/17

When Cullan Orr, the activities assistant at Life Care Center of Cleveland, was asked what he likes most about his job, the Cleveland native said “helping people.”

The 22-year-old Bradley …

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When Cullan Orr, the activities assistant at Life Care Center of Cleveland, was asked what he likes most about his job, the Cleveland native said “helping people.”

The 22-year-old Bradley Central High School graduate who went to Cleveland State Community College, said, “I was in college becoming a history major. I got a call from (Life Care’s activity director) Deborah Norton. I had been working there part time while I was in college. Then I got a call for a full-time position and was invited to pray about it first.”

Two days later after prayerfully considering his options, Orr said he felt “very strong” about accepting a full-time position at Life Care, adding, “I really enjoyed being with the patients and I enjoyed what I was doing. Most people thought it was kind of awkward, me being a guy and doing the things we do here, but I felt like the Lord was leading me this way. I’ve been here over two years now and I absolutely love it.”

According to Orr, his bond with his grandparents played a role in his inclination to assist seniors at the center.

“We used to gather at least a couple of times a month and have a family night,” he said. “I enjoyed being around my grandparents quite a bit. I enjoyed it all the way until they both passed away. Coming here was a totally different experience, however. There’s a wide range of people who we deal with here. You open yourself up to so many different things. You come to understand life and what it truly means to care for somebody, to have somebody to care for and for them to have that mutual respect with you — It’s blessed me a lot to work here. Having grandparents has definitely helped with my feelings as well.”

Orr comes from a family of seven. His parents, Angela and Cullas Orr, are also Cleveland residents. He has two older sisters, Hilary and Meredith, a younger brother Luke, who is 10, and an older sister, Emily, who passed this last year of cancer. The family-oriented gentleman said working with seniors, becoming their friend and seeing them blossom is very important to him and activity director Norton.

While there are nurses and certified nurses assistants who administer medications and care for other health care concerns, Orr said his focus is on making residents feel comfortable, healthy and happy.

“As far as activities go, we are here to support their well-being,” he explained. “We make sure that we motivate them every day to be the best they can be. I’ve seen people come into the center who are completely shy and off to themselves. They stayed in their room and didn’t want to participate in anything. I’ve seen these people change to become outgoing people. I’m happy to have been a part of that.

“Working in a place like this you get to realize how important life is and how short it is. When seniors come here, they can expect to see us every day. We share a list of activities that we have to give them so they will know what’s going on. A lot of people come here for rehabilitation. We have people who will be with us for a long time. That’s why we have an activities department, so we can keep everyone motivated and make sure everyone has something to do that makes them feel involved.”

Orr, who is single, describes himself as sensitive to the needs of others — a person immersed in his work and in the activities of seniors at Life Care, regardless of the assignment.

“What’s funny is that the first day that I got the full-time job I had to paint nails,” he said. “I was horrible at it at first, even though I had three sisters. I was horrible at it. Then, after a couple of months I got really good at it. I’ve even had a couple of staff workers come to me and ask me to paint their nails.”

As far as hobbies goes, Orr said he plays in a Gospel singing group of six to seven performers called New Day.

“I play the drums as well as sing. I also play the piano and a little bit of the guitar. We just recently went to Banks County, Ga., and performed with another group to raise funds to feed the community. It was really nice to be able to do that.”

With a heart for helping people, Cullan Orr has found a place to work where he can truly satisfy his heart’s desire of caring for people and experiencing the joy of giving.

“Personally, I suggest people follow their heart. Do what you feel is right. With my beliefs in God I feel like He’s led me to where I need to be and I’m absolutely happy with that.”

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email: william.wright @clevelandbanner.com

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