I had the privilege of taking part in someone’s 104th Birthday yesterday. 104. 1.0.4 I’m 27 years old & this person is 77 years older than me. I cannot fathom living to such an age. Imagine the things this person has seen in their life! It’s just mind-boggling. What’s even more impressive is that a part from physical set backs due to plain old age, their over all health is probably more impressive than mine. Easily one of the most charming individuals I’ve ever spent time with. It’s moments like this that add to my confirmation of the fact that I’m in the right place. You need moments like this when you work in long term care, because not all days are cake and birthday parties.
As I’ve said before, working in long term care is difficult. Aside from your residents, there is a whole other group of professionals and non professionals that you have to work with as well: physiotherapists, dietitians, RNs, RPNs, doctors, resident’s families and of course, your partner in crime. PSW. This isn’t always easy, and like any work environment, there will be days where co workers get on your nerves. However, there are some situations that just… they just make me want to slap people in the face.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m extremely easy to get along with. I’m just a charming individual, what can I say. Unless there’s already an issue at hand, I’m certainly not going to cause one. However, it would seem that there are some people who like to be shit disturbers just for the hell of it. For the most part, I ignore it, but when people start throwing my name into the mix I will stand up for my right. To party. (I couldn’t help it).
Let me preface this by stating what I think is a fairly obvious statement: THIS. IS. A. 24. HOUR. 7. DAY. A. WEEK. 365. DAY. A. YEAR. JOB. When you clock out – or in – at 3pm, your residents do not do the same. If at the start of your shift a resident has soiled themself – you change them. We are dealing with people who are INCONTENENT. They do not go to the bathroom when you say go, they go when they decide, or their body decides that it is time to go. I have read written complaints by other PSWS regarding this. One such comment was directed at me. This is how that conversation went.
PSW: When I started my shift, so and so was wet.
Me: So? Change them.
How much clearer can I get? Unless otherwise specified, my residents are always changed. When an incident occurs which doesn’t allow you to change someone – i.e when my resident tries to punch me – it is documents and the charge nurse is notified. Otherwise, they are changed regularly and if they are wet at the start of your shift well guess what. Deal with it.
You’re not in a world where people go the washroom on their own. You’re in a nursing home now.
“Patience is a virtue, catch it if you can. Seldom found in women, never found in man”.
Thank you for that lovely quote darling resident.