Working for years as a home care physical therapist can get monotonous at times. The energy required to be positive, empathetic, energetic and an agent of positive change in people’s lives can be difficult to summon and can be draining.
Al and I are the same age. Al’s mother is 100 years old this summer. She is a cheerful and sociable woman who acts like she’s in her 80s. She still stands up straight, and has to be told to please use her walker because she has macular degeneration and sometimes falls.
While it is understandable why the Executive Order and Act were contemplated and enacted for hospitals and doctors, the application to nursing homes and nursing home staff is quite troubling, in light of the significant, long standing problems with staffing and infection control policies in nursing homes in New York. There is a push to have the immunity provisions repealed, but to date they are in effect.
I did not pick up this dental floss pick seen in this photo, which is exactly as I found it on the coffee table in front of the sofa, the home health aide’s bed in the home of a 95-year-old homebound woman.
I didn’t train to be a home health aide and I don’t have a certificate to work as one, but recently I did an eight hour shift because there was no one else. The job of a home health aide is simple yet complex.