I was a volunteer, so I did not get paid.
My typical day at work consisted of helping residents and patients with their meal times, participating and leading recreational activities with the patients and residents of the hospital, reading to patients, playing games with the patients, going on field trips with the patients, and assisting the patients with day-to-day activities that they could not do themselves.
I learned the importance of respect, and how the sick, elderly, and mentally challenged patients needed a companion or just someone to make them laugh or keep them company.
My volunteer coordinator who was in charge of me was excellent, and helped me get set up with everything as well as checking in with me to make sure I was enjoying what I was doing.
The hardest part of the job was seeing how the patients suffered and were not capable of doing things independently.
The most enjoyable part of the job was being able to help these patients in any way shape or form perform their daily activities that they were unable to perform themselves. The patients enjoyed my company and enjoyed when I spent one-on-one time with them. The patients also enjoyed when I participated in recreational activities and played games with them being that I am very patient and good with the elderly as well as those that have cognitive disorders and aren't able to communicate properly due to various reasons.
Putting a smile on the patient(s) faces.
Seeing the patients suffer immensely.