I have been a care assistant before but I found that I still was not getting enough time to with residents or chatting to them just to lift up their spirits because they can get lonely, especially those with dementia who feels isolated. I became a housekeeper at a care home just to still be able to interact but this lady was crying as she said she misses her husband (he passed away) and I sat with her to reassure her and just to try and let her know when will be OK and later on the head of housekeeper told me that I have no time to chat, I need to get on with the cleaning and get out and move onto the next one.
I said what would you do if a lady was crying and clearly the carers can hear her but choose to ignore her, she just said it's not our problem.. Now I am debating whether I want this jobs I had my hopes up for. I love interacting with them but I do not want to get into trouble every time I do! it was also because I asked them them to help me as I was behind (we had a lot of deep cleaning), but they exaggerated saying I sit with them which I definitely don't I just spare time with them. I feel lost and hopeless! Am I wrong here?
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- Thread Starter
- 09-01-2015 22:38
- 09-01-2015 22:43
You can always volunteer to befriend them. No money and in your own time, but you get to choose who and for how long.
- PS Reviewer
- 09-01-2015 22:52
Some care homes will be better than others, and some will have more time than others. Clearly the one you're at currently doesn't allow time for chatting. This doesn't mean all will be the same, but it may be difficult to find a care home with different priorities. So yes, you are wrong in that you're not following this home's guidelines - but you're not wrong because somewhere else may suit you better.