Pros: gaining trust with the residents
Cons: management, the union, pay
A typical day in a residential setting is preparing for meals for the individuals. Many of them did not consume food in their original state, it is to be grounded or pureed in order to be safely consumed. There are daily activities/goals that are to be met that include cooking, chores (laundry, dish washing), memory flash cards, Dynavox communication, walking, standing, speech. There was a lot of lifting of residents due to them unable to properly walk on their own so hoyer lifts or two person standing transfers were to be performed. Hygiene assistance was performed by staff from bathing to oral care. Residents also would go on outings in the community like shopping or dining out. Data entry was required to log daily progress and behaviors of individuals.
I have learned patience while working in this setting and a stronger appreciation for life. I worked with individuals with traumatic brain injuries. I learned that the residents' lives matter and you put them first. They do appreciate it more than people care to realize. Many of them may not have "a voice" to show how they care, but their reactions towards you speak volumes.
Management was doing the best they could on their part, but it was unstable in many levels from the welfare of the residents to the employees. There was unnecessary strife/feuds, poor communication and vindictive power trips. The union also displayed poor representation.
I loved what I did. I loved the people I assisted. I gave them my all and they were worth it. I enjoyed being an advocate for them.