Enjoyed working with and helping people maintain their independence to some degree.
Pros: knowing i was part of what contributed to each of his remaining days being positive, comfortable, and enjoyed at home.
Cons: his health was fragile and i knew he would eventually depart this world.
A typical day at work included interacting with the client in conversation, reading the local newspaper to him, preparing his meals, administering his medication to him, assisting him with getting dressed, and provided him with a nonjudgmental, encouraging, and motivating daily experience. We would sometimes walk around the yard or sit on the front porch. I learned that elderly people want to be helped in a manner that does not make them feel like they are a burden. They want companionship and social interaction while demonstrating their independence to the best of their ability. The most enjoyable part of the job was knowing I was making a positive impact on my client. However, the hardest part of the job was when he died. He was an interesting man that I enjoyed assisting.