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My work - placement for this term is taking place in 'Coastal View, Residential Home' in Portrush.

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10th January 2003 My work - placement for this term is taking place in 'Coastal View, Residential Home' in Portrush. When I arrived this morning at 8.45am all of the resident's were still in bed. This shocked me as when I worked in 'Fairways Residential Home' last year all of the residents had to be up at 7am. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there were only nine residents: * 7 women * 2 men When I met the residents I was shocked as they ranged from about 58 - 96. Some of the individuals were physically frail/ill but extremely alert and others were physically well but very confused. Others were both physically and mentally frail/ill. I found out that the care staff didn't wear uniforms as Mr Beggs (the owner) believed that it made the residents feel institutionalised. I never really thought about this but it is very true. I found out that one of the residents had just arrived the day before. When I spoke with him I noticed that he was very anxious and upset obviously because of the move. He was very withdrawn and unwilling to communicate. I spent some time with him today and encouraged him to express his feelings. I used open questions rather than closed questions, that way I would get to communicate with him in a way he would answer. I noticed throughout the day that the residents required a lot of care and I was on my feet most of the time. ...read more.


Mrs A is very fussy and just loves her make-up and perfume etc. I helped paint her nails today which was quite fun. Before I began working on my first day I was warned about confidentiality. Basically, 'what happens in the home is only talked about in the home. I noticed that some of the care assistants are very aware of how essential it is to maintain confidentiality at all times; however some staff have inadvertently betrayed confidentiality during my time already. A few examples are: * Discussing a patient's condition with another member of staff within earshot of other relatives and resident's * By disclosing information about the person's condition to relatives and friends I understand that betraying someone's trust may destroy the caring relationship. Lunch was served at 11.45 am. There were too many care assistants in the kitchen so I took the initiative to go around the rooms and empty all of the bins. They are normally in the morning but as we were busy with baths we did not have time. I was glad when today was over as it seemed to go so slow. 17th - 21st February, 2003 This is my first block week. I hope I enjoy it and learn something from this experience. 17th February, 2003 Well, today many of the resident's relatives and friends came to visit. It made me think, I hope I never have to come and visit my mother or a loved one in a home. All of the resident's live in a home on a permanent basis. ...read more.


This brought me up to lunchtime and after lunch I helped Mrs A and Mr X get ready for the hairdresser coming. 9th April, 2003 When I arrived this morning, Mr Beggs informed me that Mrs A wished to go the library. When I returned with Mrs A, I helped her read some of her books. One of the care assistants then asked me to toilet Mrs D as she was still very confused. 10th April, 2003 Today when I went in, Mr Beggs asked me to take Mrs D up a cup of tea to her bedroom. He informed me that Mrs D wished to stay in bed today because she wasn't feeling 100%. I noticed that she had deteriorated a lot from the beginning of my work placement. She didn't really know where she was or what she was doing. I found this quite emotional. 11th April, 2003 Well it was the last day of my work placement and I was quite sad to be leaving. I realised that I would miss the resident's that I got to know the best and they too would miss me. I went around everybody to say goodbye and I received a little token from the resident's, which came to me as a surprise. Most of the morning I gathered up all the policies and aims of the Residential Home from Mr. Beggs. Lunchtime came sooner than I expected and it was nearly home time. I enjoyed my work placement and did learn a lot as I had hoped to expect from the start of my work placement. VOCATIONAL PRACTICE WORK PLACEMENT NO. 2 LOG BOOK CLAIRE ~ LOUISE MCNEILL Vocational Practice Work Placement 2 Claire McNeill ...read more.

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