Best job in the world
It’s not the easiest job in the world, but it is one of the most rewarding. Every day I get to brighten up the lives of several older people. Take Mary for example, she’s almost 90 and finds it difficult to get dressed herself because of her arthritis; so each day I help her to dress in whatever suits her mood that day. Mary’s hands may not work fully these days, but mentally she is all there – sharp as a tack and always fun to chat to.
I then go to see Jean who is bed bound and relies on me to give her a wash and then make her breakfast. People like Jean are such an inspiration. Despite the serious disabilities she has I have never seen Jean been miserable or complain about her condition. She is such a positive lady. That’s one of the things I like about the older generation, they are very resilient. Jean likes a cooked breakfast, so today I did her a full English.
After Jean I go to Jack’s house, which is only about 400 yards away. Jack is a retired builder who lost his wife Betty last year. Jack is just about coming to terms with his loss though he still gets tearful on occasions. Jack and Betty had very traditional roles in their marriage. Jack did all of the household building and repair jobs and Betty used to do the cleaning and shopping and cooking. Now Betty has gone, Jack doesn’t have a clue about cooking or cleaning. I make Jack a nice, big lunch each day (after all he still has a builder’s appetite) and prepare a light tea for him for later on. At some point I hope that Jack will learn to cook for himself, but for now, until he is fully over losing Betty, I am very happy to cook and clean for him and it makes him happy to know that the house is still nice and clean, just how Betty always kept it.
My last call of the day is to Winnie and Bert. Winnie is 77 and Bert is 80. Four years ago Winnie was diagnosed with dementia and it has progressed to the point that Winnie has begun to wander and is not safe to be left on her own. Bert is very protective of her and used to never leave her side, but recently he has started to have problems of his own. Bert has had fall and is recovering, but he hasn’t got back his full strength yet and is struggling to keep up with Winnie. Bert phoned Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton and asked if we could help; so I have been visiting them twice a week. Every Monday and Thursday I sit with Winnie and we have a chat about the old days or play a game, or even go for a little walk whilst Bert either has a rest or goes out and sees some of his old pals; just to have a little break and recharge his batteries. It does them both good to have a little break from each other and it helps to keep them a happy couple despite the difficult journey they are on.
If you would like to have a job like mine then phone Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton on 01704 503356 or you can use the same number if you need support or care.