Pros: free lunches, flexible hours
Cons: low pay
Typical day at work involves spending time with disabled residents, either inside or out of the home, helping them to engage in hobbies and pastimes. I have learned a great deal about the importance of treating residents as individuals, respecting each person's preferences, likes & dislikes. Management have been flexible, giving me a free rein to organise activities that are appropriate to our Residents' needs. Co-workers are friendly and dedicated to the care of our Residents. I find the hardest part of the job is fighting the apathy that can set in among residents, whose quality of life will be diminished if they do not access social and leisure activities. The most enjoyable part of the job is the cheerful reaction of a Resident to an activity that he/she has enjoyed, ie a trip to an open farm or the zoo, or even just a DVD session or scrabble game.