Sainsbury's Praised For Helping Employee With Alzheimer's Keep Her Job

6 March 2018, 12:39 | Updated: 7 March 2018, 10:06

Mrs Salomon Sainsbury's

By Naomi Berners

Doron Salomon took to social media to publicly thank the supermarket for their incredible support towards his mother.

After her diagnosis, Doron's mother, Mrs Salomon, was unable to continue her number-based role as a bookkeeper and applied to work as a picker for Sainsbury's back in 2012, which involved collecting items for online deliveries.


Despite her condition worsening, Sainsbury's continued to adapt her job specification in a bid to support her for as long as they could. Doron explained in multiple Tweets exactly what lengths the supermarket went to, including creating a job role that didn't even exist:

Mrs Solomon worked as a picker for around 6 years before an occupational health assessment ruled that her Alzheimer's was 'advanced', and essentially made her unemployable. However, Sainsbury's continued to keep her as part of their team until her last day earlier this week.  

Doron explains in his Twitter thread that Alzheimer's doesn't just affect memory loss as many people believe, it can also cause issues with disorientation, mood and social skills.

According to the Alzheimer's Society, more than 520,000 people live with the disease. Most people who develop the condition are over the age of 65, but some such as Mrs Solomon can develop early-onset Alzheimer's.

There are many factors that can be linked to the disease - some of which (such as age and genes) cannot be controlled. However changes to lifestyle such as exercising regularly, eating well and not smoking can also potentially keep the illness away. 

After Doron's public thank you, Sainsbury's responded in the most fitting way to his heartfelt posts: 

Doron is hoping that the story will help to raise awareness of early on-set Alzheimer's and is encouraging people to donate to Alzheimer's Research UK: 

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