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My work experience at Belleview nursing home.

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"My Work Experience" When I was told that I would be doing my work experience at Belleview nursing home, working with old sick people I found that it was a very daunting prospect. After my first day there, that had all changed. I made my way to work on Monday 6th of June by the service bus at 8.30am to be at my workplace by 9.00am. The thought of meeting new people and trying to act mature in an environment I was not sure of scared me. I got to Belleview nursing home and suddenly felt all my worries diminish within ten minutes of meeting my newfound work colleagues. The matron, Myra Symes, welcomed me with a smile and made me feel part of the team immediately. I was informed of my duties and what was expected of me. ...read more.


Of course some of the dementia patients were quite frightening as their illness can cause them to be quite aggressive which in turn means you have to be aware at all times that they can be violent and could possibly hurt you. One particular patient, Lizzie, who was 97 and looked very sad, and confused, due to her dementia, thinking that she was still at home during the war and thought she was a sixteen year old girl. I thought of how she must have felt, having the mind of a sixteen year old but the body of a ninety seven year old. She made me feel sad for her but feeling sorry for the patients doesn't help in the caring profession. Therefore I had to focus on the job I was there to do. As my week progressed at the nursing home, so did my capabilities I grew more confident in the tasks I was being asked to perform. ...read more.


In my week at Belleview Nursing Home I have learned that old people are not just those invisible people that you don't see in the streets or on the public transport because I never paid attention to them. I always saw them as moaning lecturing people who were a nuisance. It just took a week for me to get to know these people and realise that they were once teenagers like me and probably never expected to be in a nursing home because, like me, thought they would always be healthy in body and mind. We never know what life is going to deal us and we should always be aware that what we do in our lives today and tomorrow will have its consequences in later life. The people I came to know in the nursing home should be looked after to the best of everyone's ability, as they were once a great contribution to society. Being made comfortable in their twilight years should reward them. By Leighona Mills ...read more.

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