The paper " Workplace Learning Experiences" is an outstanding example of a personal statement on education. Background and Setting Parramatta Nursing Home is a professionally established center set up to care for the aged persons in the society and people suffering from a brain condition medically referred to as Dementia. Each of these two major sections is properly equipped to meet the escalating demand for the rendered services. The setting of the Nursing Home close to the center of the town places it in a strategic position to access the patients and aged people (Alber, 1996).
Accessibility to the home has been simplified by an elaborate transport division. The Dementia and Age care sections are adequately spacious to cater to over three hundred and fifty patients. The Dementia section is further subdivided into different units based on gender and severity of the condition. Severe cases need more specialized attention and thus may stay longer at the unit compared to others. A striking relationship between aging and Dementia is that a person stands a higher risk of the disease as age advances. A person suffering from Dementia is not only forgetful but also suffers impaired in brain coordination, disjointed reasoning, and communication breakdown (Launer, 2005).
These patients need close monitoring and assistance since their disorder may be disastrous if left unchecked. A lot of patience and understanding is needed in handling them since they are emotionally fragile and get irritated at the slightest provocation and take longer to get over a depressing moment. On the other hand, the Age care section is set in such a manner as to address the needs of the elderly in full.
The aged persons equally need closer attention since they can not perform more involving tasks on their own and thus need help at various instances. The number of elderly women is slightly higher than their male counterparts but both males and females need to be cared to have a comfortable life in old age. Work Experiences Working in Paramatta Nursing Home has greatly bolstered my experience in dealing with both the aged people and dementia patients with an understanding. It comes to my notice that people suffering from this disorder are quite skeptical and tend to forget the caregiver quite easily.
This experience, therefore, meant that I spent a good amount of time with them to maintain a working relationship so as to effectively take care of them without appearing to be a stranger to them (Launer, 2005). Most patients in the home had a poor memory. They could not remember mealtimes and would likely skip the meal if left unattended. At times, some would demand to eat even an hour after having a meal. My experience with these patients revealed that they get emotional at the slightest provocation and are highly irritable especially if they are not understood (Lindsay, 1997).
Having comprehended this fact, I endeavored to empathize with them and try as much as I could to attend to their needs satisfactorily. Owing to the fact that patients suffering are mostly aged and peculiarly forgetful, close monitoring of all their activities was mandatory. I actively took part in their personal hygiene to ensure they bathe and groom appropriately. Ensuring that they enjoy their leisure time through appropriate entertainment was very critical to keep them out of a likely depression.
We played together and watched television at times to keep their minds engaged. The administration of drugs and therapies was perhaps the most challenging task I engaged in at the Dementia section. The patients are quite adamant about taking medicine and offer a lot of resistance to drug therapies (Launer, 2005). Again, the drugs meant to improve cognitive abilities have their own side effects on the patients such as nausea and dizziness. Patience and understanding played a key role in caring for Dementia patients.
Alber, Jens. (1996). The debate about long-term care reform in Germany. In Patrick Hennessy
(Ed.), Caring for frail elderly people: Policies in evolution (pp. 261-278). Paris: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Launer, L.J. (2005). The epidemiologic study of dementia: a life-long quest, Neurobiol Aging
Dietz, M.E. (1998). Responses as Frameworks for Change. Victoria: Australia. Hawker Brownlow Education
Boud, D. (Ed.). (1993). Using experience for learning. Bristol, PA: Open University Press.
Boyd, Donald J., & Jenny, NicholasW. (2003). State fiscal crisis far worse than the economy would
Suggest. Rockefeller Institute State Fiscal News, 3(4), 1-5
Cammisa, A. (1995). Governments as interest groups: Intergovernmental lobbying and the federal system. Westport, CT: Praeger.
Campbell, A. (2003). How policies make citizens: Senior political activism and The American welfare state. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Hacker, Jacob S. (2002). The divided welfare state: The battle over public and private social benefits in the United States. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
Lindsay, J. (1997). The Canadian Study of Health and Aging: Risk factors for vascular dementia. Stroke, 28,526-30.