It's been a busy couple of weeks, mainly because of the new job plus a couple of orientations I needed to attend on my days "off". But now I'm all orientated and established with a true day off. So, aahhhh.
I don't want to blog too much about the nursing home, it's just been at the forefront lately. As I've gotten to know both residents and coworkers, a few fun things are emerging
- Three of us worker bees in the department are full on adults - I mean we have kids of our own, have completed college (and actually we all have grad degrees), have paid or are paying mortgages, and have various other adulthood characteristics, like the fact that we read the news...
- The majority of coworkers are in their late teens and twenties - college kids and even some high schoolers. I'm starting to see some truth in the idea that I was hired to be among the other two "den mothers", which is fine by me.
- There are typically around 80 residents at any time, of which the majority are women. Our oldest is one of the many Betty's. She's 98, and we're thinking she's going to outlive everyone currently in house.
- Most of the residents are actually quite cognitive, but deal with various physical limitations. Only a few are obviously in the throes of dementia or memory loss.