I once worked at a health-care centre, though it was just the kitchens... But you heard a lot of stuff from the nurses and other co-workers. It was a small town, so most of the patients were old people just waiting to die. It was quite sad really... I also have a grandmother in an old folk's home and you get to know a lot of stuff even just by visiting. Sometimes the relatives can seem cold or uncaring because they may not visit very often, but most of them still appreciate it if their relative has care-takers that are friendly and care about the job. It gives them hope that even when they leave they'll treat the relative all right and they have a decent quality of life. That's very comforting. So the work is important not only to the patient/client, but also to their family.
Anyway, sucks that it'll take another year before you graduate, but a year goes by pretty fast. Sometimes it can be a good thing to have a year like that where you revise and maybe have a little time to actually digest the things you learn... maybe do other stuff besides studying really hard. wink Try to make the best of it. smile
I'm glad if my comments have been of help. It's really difficult to gauge what sort of encouragement another person might need and sometimes I tend to sound a bit overbearing/patronizing... That's unintentional, if that happens. Just try to ignore it... sweatdrop The truth is, I sometimes feel like I'm all "old and wise", but am actually not even close. And I kinda tend to stick my nose where it doesn't belong. xd
Yeah, I kinda suck at offering encouragement, but I thought I'd try regardless. It's important work even if it sometimes feels pretty thankless. The elderly can behave atrociously... You just need to remember some of them are very lonely and in pain, and they've had a lifetime to grow bitter. And then there's that constant reminder of death. It's all around difficult to have to face that every day. For the staff as well. But then there are also the great moments when you know you're appreciated. 3nodding You can be there for years or just a summer, but every bit helps since there's usually not all that many people who want to do that kind of jobs. There are a lot of people in the field, who probably aren't suited for it either, which kinda makes it worse. If you're consistently kind and friendly whenever you can, that's already a lot. Just cheering someone's day can make a big difference. And if you feel bad or like you need to cry, don't be afraid to do that too (well, maybe not at work, but you get the gist). Maybe chat with a friend who understands. That type of stuff's really important when you have a job like that.
Remembering the good stuff and having good friends help you get over all the crap. wink
Sorry to hear about your job. It's a tough job, working with the elderly. Really demanding... so you need to find something that helps you unwind so you don't burn out. But try to remember it's all worth-while, even on the bad days. I hope it gets easier. Hang in there.