Tell us something about the work in day care?
There are currently 20 day-care guests in our day-care centre, who are with us for eight hours a day and need to be kept busy and cared for during that time. It’s not just drinking coffee.
We are a great team and work well together. That’s the most important thing, that we fit well together and stand up for each other.
What is the biggest challenge in your work?
Working with patients with dementia is very demanding. This has also changed a lot in recent years. The proportion of day guests with severe dementia is high.
We cater for different dementia groups, which have to be kept busy in different ways. There are, for example, very loving, calm people, people with word-finding disorders, but also aggressive types of dementia, which are a great challenge to our profession. We work every day to do justice to all groups of people.
It is also very difficult to find reasonable, continuous and constant staff. Often the ideas of the applicants are quite different. It is not mainly about amusing our day guests, a large part of the work also involves “unpleasant” activities. Some people shy away from that.
What do you like best about your work?
The variety. I have to deal with a lot of different people, day visitors, relatives and staff. My job is not just office work, everyone does everything here. Be it employment, treatment care, cooking and tidying up. It doesn’t get boring here, it’s a very demanding job. I love what we do, even if I sound like an infomercial for day care now. And I think I also speak for my team when I say that we have the most beautiful workplace in the world here.