The experience with Delaware Hospice served as a learning benchmark. A period to refer back on while engaged in the field of Geriatric Care.
Pros: sharing time with elders, sense of accomplishment and establish friendship.
Cons: for the younger person the cons would be a distraction for their growing family, a depressive sense of mortality and the feeling of impatience when the day drags.
During the period of time as Caregiver, I was called upon to prepare food, act as homemaker, transport the person to and from medical appointments, remain available for other tasks as needed and serve as a companion. Working as Live-In status, I acquired a real sense of the routine as it would apply to other clients.
The management of time is so important. This is to allow adequate time allotment for each segment for a smooth progression of the client's daily routine. Without it, either one or more of the segments will be neglected. This proved to be the most demanding, however, as the natural progression of the daily routine occurred, the client was most appreciative, making this the most rewarding aspect of the job.