No such thing as typical day!! If they are all well, we help the lads get up as they all require assistance with personal care and 5 of our nine lads here would require hoisting. We like to have fun at work and as the group can be described as heavy we some times keep people home to do some pleasant activities such as going into town on a train or having an early morning coffee or some time even a mid afternoon glass of wine. ( obviously not staff)
Time is the big issue, not enough of it ! Most of the lads are two to one for lifting and moving so they are all on their buses by 9.30 and with only 3 staff in the morning this can be difficult at times, but we manage.
It can be difficult to balance the clinical side and social side sometimes. At Christmas we had a person very sick for three weeks so covering hospital visits and meeting that persons needs in a strange environment as well as lookin after the other 9 clients was difficult to juggle. On top of all that it being Chirstmas, that mad man in his red suit was comin too!!
There are huge rewards! Very vunerable people who are generally well, fantastic staff team,holidays to Italy, France, aeroplane trips, This week alone we were at Croke park and to see the band Pussy cat dolls!