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My Unforgettable Internship Weeks In An Elderly Care CenterFriday, October 07, 2011 Mary Anne Velasco
During my 8th month of residency here in Sweden, I was one of the twelve immigrants chosen to participate in a government project where we were given the chance to experience how Swedish workplaces function. We were interns for two months in one or two institutions of our preference. I had the opportunity to be absorbed in two companies, a month in a health shop and the other month in an elder care center.
Comparing the two, my weeks spent in the elderly home was more unforgettable. I must admit, I was nervous the first day --- very nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. At the end of the shift, that day turned out to be a very fulfilling venture.
Elderly care in Sweden, just like in several states in the US [Hawaii elder care for example - http://www.avalonhci.com/hawaii.html] can be home-based or community-based depending on the choice of the seniors along with the decision of their families. Both are environments of dignity, respect, freedom and flexibility.
The memories from my month of stay in the facility are still fresh. I clocked in, slipped on my scrub suit and expected that the next eight hours would be filled with shattered expectations. Each day was different from the day before which made my stay there somehow, exciting.
Of course, it wasn’t easy to take care of old people but in all honestly, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. Most days, I attended to six of them. With different needs and conditions, I had to make sure that I was able to cater to their needs and if possible, leave a smile inside their hearts. Funny as this might sound but not many of them could recall my name or from which country I came from but there was this indefinable feeling that always warmed my soul --- they had difficulties remembering my name but they never forget who I am as a person and as a friend. Just to see their eyes brightened up whenever I entered their room was such an overwhelming feeling --- always melted my heart away.
How about you? Have you ever worked or at least have had an internship experience in an elderly care home or perhaps you’re working in a health care group?
I hope that everyone is having a great day!
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