New Perspectives for Companionship for Elderly near Solana Beach

Empathy Companionship for Elderly near Solana Beach

Empathy Companionship for Elderly near Solana BeachGreat Lessons for Companionship for Elderly near Solana Beach

A nursing home worker pushed Jana Kenney down the hall in her wheelchair, lifted her into her bed, and turned out the lights for the night. In the morning, she would be back to help her clean up, prepare for the day’s activity, and wheel down to breakfast. A typical night for a nursing home resident, right? Correct, except for the fact that Jana was 22 years old, perfectly healthy, and in no need whatsoever of assistance. Jana’s experience provides an important lesson for those providing companionship for elderly near Solana Beach.

An Enlightening Experience

Jana is a college student planning to enter a career in geriatrics, and instead of just taking classes, she decided to take a real-life course in what it’s like to be the one sitting in the wheelchair instead of pushing it. Through a fantastic program partnering with local nursing homes, she had the opportunity to spend a week and a half pretending to be an 85-year-old patient.

Suddenly Helpless

As an alternative to nursing home living, companionship for elderly near Solana Beach saves seniors a lot of emotional upheaval. Jana learned this when the program’s director left her alone with workers, surrounded by strangers and overloaded with new information. Even worse, Jana was to spend the next 10 days as a recovering stroke victim—unable to walk or use her right hand. Eventually, she would make friends and become comfortable with those around her, but the first five days were extremely difficult.

Life Lessons for Companionship for Elderly in San Diego

Jana thinks about seniors much differently now, after experiencing round-the-clock care in even the most basic daily living tasks. Providers of companionship for elderly in San Diego probably don’t fully realize how difficult it is for seniors to need help with every activity, but Jana feels that she will be a more empathetic, thoughtful servant of the elderly after her stay in a nursing home.

Originally posted 2013-04-02 10:30:33.

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About Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.