Archive for ‘Lets get moving’

November 10, 2011

Best job in the world?

I really love what I do,I’m not big on exercising so how I got into this job is a mystery! I visit nursing homes and spend an hour getting the residents to move what limbs they are able to. Their capabilities vary from only having one mobile finger to being able to raise their arms high over their heads. Some are unable to speak, some can’t hear but the expressions on their faces show me that they are happy or sad.
It may take a soft toy placed in front of them to induce a response but respond they do. A smile appears and a hand or finger reaches out to touch the toy.The more able enjoy singing along to Doris Day or Matt Monroe and participate in all the exercises/games. Sometimes we reminisce and do quizes, this often leads to discussions and gradually I gain an understanding of their young lives.
I found out early on that I have to be careful with items in my memory ‘box’ some items have been mistaken for sweets and I’ve had to quickly retrieve the odd conker or old penny, I am learning so much about dementia and alzheimers and how sometimes the behaviour is the same as a toddler.
How many jobs offer such satisfaction? I am thanked at the end of every session, sometimes it’s hard get away as they often want more, but always, no matter what they thank me for coming. How many people get thanked when they go home after carrying out their job? Not many I bet and certainly no other job I’ve ever done!