THIS Is Why I Love Geriatrics - page 4

Just had to share this great story from work today. Paul and Sylvia are a married couple living at my assisted-living facility. They've been there several years, and Paul's health has taken a huge... Read More

  1. by   emmalou*
    What a beautiful story.

    I worked in a nursing home (aged care facility) for two years while doing my masters degree and loved it. It didn't have the 'excitement' or whatever I guess of acute, clinical nursing but was more about making sure older people were happy and healthy in their own home.

    I still miss doing my rounds at night, walking around on a cold night making sure all my ladies were warm and cosy and getting lots of hugs etc. And I loved having the time to sit down and have a chat with patients, having a laugh etc. I found it less formal than hospital nursing and I really felt my patients were like my family while I was at work.

    It was nice to leave bedside nursing on that note and I was so happy to see the back of hospital nursing I never regretted working there.
  2. by   DDRN4me
    Marla...this post is beautiful. I just applied for a position at an asssited living this morning!!!! Is God leading me to a new path??? Is this a sign??? time will tell!
    thanks for the inspiration!!!
  3. by   LauraF, RN
    That is a beautiful story. How wonderful for you all to do that for that couple. I'm so glad that they were both able to enjoy it. Good for you too! That's what nursing is all about.
  4. by   cschmill
    you guys are amazing! truly beautiful story.
    we had a valentines dinner one year for the couples at the ALF where i work. candlelight, flowers, and the look on their faces- priceless.
    i get so frustrated when i'm approached with the 'how can you take care of old people' question. maybe if they took the time to sit down and see what incredible people the elderly are; the amazing stories and the wealth of knowledge, then they could answer the question themselves.
    it's a shame the way our elderly are swept under the rug and forgotten. geriactrics is the only field i have worked in and i can't imagine doing anything else.
  5. by   kukukajoo
    I am all teary eyed! Thank you for sharing it is so beautiful!

    Please tell me you got a nice photo of the event.
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from kukukajoo
    I am all teary eyed! Thank you for sharing it is so beautiful!

    Please tell me you got a nice photo of the event.
    Yes, we did, and we gave copies to Paul & Sylvia and their daughters, plus we have a framed copy on the fireplace mantel at the front of the building.

    Funny how things come back around: Last month when my dh and I celebrated OUR wedding anniversary, Paul asked if he could take our picture.........he remembered!! So he took three, and he's planning to keep one in their apartment, one goes to their daughters, and one will be framed as their anniversary gift to us.:1luvu:

    Nursing just doesn't get any better than that. :wink2:
  7. by   1st edition
    I'm crying to! What a wonderful thing you did. Most of us in LTC are so busy that we sometimes forget to take the time to care. Thanks for the reminder that we do more than pass pills!
  8. by   medsurgnurse
    How wonderful! Reading this choked me up. Its incredible that you guys did all this work for that couple. I wish you could spread that love to all the nursing homes in the world. That's what it all about.
  9. by   livinadream
    what a great story - thanks for sharing. you truly understand why working with the "geriatric crowd" can be such fun!
  10. by   TiggerBelly
    Thank you for sharing that wonderful story with us. Excuse me while I find a tissue for my weeping eyes. Very heartwarming!
  11. by   VivaLasViejas
    I'm glad you liked it.

    An update on Paul and Sylvia: Sadly, that anniversary celebration was indeed their last, as Paul passed away last July after a lingering illness. His wife still lives at my ALF, and says it was one of the best gifts they were ever given. I'm glad we were able to make that happen.:mchmrdnc:
  12. by   janetlin
    i haven't started, but i'm really excited to work with geriatric patients!

    thanks for the sweet story.
  13. by   NewNurse626
    What a wonderful story!!! Thanks for's so inspirational to me as a new nurse!!