Clown or trapeze artist - life in the circus ring of aged care

6 Aug 2018 11:21 AMJen Fitzgerald
Clown or trapeze artist - life in the circus ring of aged care

Feel like you are working in a circus as a juggler and you keep dropping your props? Or are you a trapeze artist soaring high with the greatest of ease?

When you feel like the clown it’s easy to forget the little things and remember the important tasks. Or are you a trapeze artist soaring high with the greatest of ease?

 

In any given shift there are so many things to remember and so many things we could forget. This article looks at all the little things that may get overlooked during an ordinary residential shift.

Must remember

A smile when entering every room

A calm voice

A deep breath before we enter a “difficult” residents room

Skincare – did you know its best applied in a downward motion?

A great skin care article here>> 

Oral care - must do every morning

Hearing aids and dentures – when you are new you may not even know they exist. Put them in the same spot every shift so all shifts know where they are. 

Can forget tasks

The little mistakes we make throughout a shift. Don’t take them home, don’t beat yourself up afterwards. 

Learn from mistakes then forget them and drive home, post-shift, deep breathing and/or have a nice afternoon/evening planned.

A bed not made, a wash instead of a shower or the kitchen left not in perfect clean order - these tasks can be left for the next shift. Hopefully, they will understand and not roll their eyes. Extra demands happen quite often and some tasks have to be re-prioritised or left. Demands such as having to attend to a fall, a distressed resident or a demanding family (see last week’s blog) You will learn what to leave off the list and what to bump up.

After a few weeks or months, depending on your level of experience, you will start to feel comfortable and handle the juggling act. It will get easier – you’ll be soaring soon.