There are many different areas you can work in when you are in the medical field. Some fields are defined by by a disease or illness while others are defined by the people you work with. Working with the elderly is referred to as working in geriatrics. It takes a special person to work in the field but it is very rewarding.
When you work in geriatrics, you need to be patient and understanding. In many ways, it is similar to working with children. You need to be mindful of the fact that these people can become easily confused and are often scared at different treatments. They do not always have control of bodily functions and yet may be award of what is happening and can be quite embarrassed of things that is no longer in their control.
If your patient is acting rude or mean, it is often because they do not understand what is going on. Take the time to explain everything to them, even if they do not understand entirely, they can get the idea that you are only trying to help them.
You may have trouble communicating with an elderly patient. It could be they do not hear very well or it could be they have trouble remembering things and you have to explain it every time you need to perform a procedure. Geriatric patients may also be suffering from some form of dementia, making it very hard to explain things to them.
Working with a patient who has a sound mind, but a body that no longer functions properly or someone who has a disease, you will be able to talk with him or her and find out many things about the way the world has changed. It can be fascinating to hear about life 50 or 60 years ago. These people have learned so much over their lives you will find yourself learning many things.
When you are kind and patient, geriatric patients will appreciate all that you do for them. even the ones who have problems with their mental abilities will be more comfortable and easy to work with when you show them you care.
Often, family members do not take the time to visit with geriatric patients so the patients form attachments to those providing their care. When you help a patient who is feeling lonely and afraid, and they look to you for some type of security, you have the right to feel proud of yourself and the work you do. A small smile and the look of trust in a patient’s eyes will give you a wonderful feeling throughout the day.