EVEN after 12 years, Pinaroo's Karen Dries never gets tired of coming to work to see residents like Joyce Patton.

The retirement home's diversional therapist celebrated the milestone this week and said she had seen the centre double in size since 2003.

"I started as a cleaner and there were only 24 beds here - now there's 50," she said.

"I've seen this place grow and evolve."



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Ms Dries is one of the most experienced team members at Pinaroo and is charged with organising games and activities for the residents.

"She's very kind to me," Ms Patton said about Ms Dries.

Ms Dries's daughter, Sarah Quinlan, said her mother had sacrificed of her time for Pinaroo.