I had another pleasant experience at an aged care centre after I finished running a Chair Chi session recently.
One of the residents in a wheel chair waited patiently while I was talking to someone else. I noticed she waved away some one who tried to talk to her so I politely finished my conversation and turned to her and said, ‘Hi’.
She said, ‘I want to shake your hand. I was feeling anxious before the session and I feel really good now’.
So I gladly shook her hand and it made me think that just the simple acts of engaging and encouraging can make a big difference to residents in aged care centres.
It’s something I always strive for whether I’m working with low care or high care residents.
I really enjoy my work with residents in aged care centres and I get a lot of satisfaction when I get a positive reaction such as a shake of the hand. I feel like, in a small way, I’ve made a difference.