assisted living caregiver, Oak Ridge, TN - November 20, 2017
If you love working with the elderly it is fulfilling, to an extent. There is no downtime, you usually end up working your unpaid lunch break, back stabbing of employees, management covering things up when state comes to town. A typical day you started off running running running. If it is 1st shift, you've got to get people up, dressed, showered, and down to the dining room for breakfast. While that's going on you have to take out the trash of the rooms and then go back down and get everyone from the dining room back to their rooms. More showers. Water/ice pass, bp's and pulse checks, do rounds ever 2 hours or less to make sure everyone is clean and dry and comfortable, then take everyone back down for lunch. Usually I would make notes in the books around this time. Go back down and get everyone to their rooms, and then it's time to go home, IF the next shift shows up on time. I miss the residents, and losing them to death was very hard as well.