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2006/07/14 22:53:48 (permalink)
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working in an old peoples home

yes, i'm applying for a job in an old peoples home. they train you up to nvq level 2....it's a start on the career ladder you reckon? lol

anyone else done work in this area? how was your experience?


wish me luck!!!

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    ginasmg
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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/14 23:22:47 (permalink)
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    i worked in an old peoples home for 2 yrs,got to say it is hard work but very rewarding.money wasnt great but when an old person smiles at you and says thankyou for cleanning me up it is all worth it,takes a special type of person to do that kind of work
    ORIGINAL: sabbath

    yes, i'm applying for a job in an old peoples home. they train you up to nvq level 2....it's a start on the career ladder you reckon? lol

    anyone else done work in this area? how was your experience?


    wish me luck!!!

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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/15 00:56:42 (permalink)
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    yeah i think you're right mate. it should be rewarding, providing i get the job. wage is 6 pound an hour. which is fine by me. don't need much

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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/15 01:02:27 (permalink)
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    thats a lot more than i was getting but you dont go into a job like that for the money,most important thing is to keep the old peeps happy,that is very rewarding or was for me.i wish you well and you will need patience
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    yeah i think you're right mate. it should be rewarding, providing i get the job. wage is 6 pound an hour. which is fine by me. don't need much

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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/15 01:06:31 (permalink)
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    cheers mate. about the patience..yeah i got tonnes of it

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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/15 01:08:41 (permalink)
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    respect to you mate i hope you get the job,if you dont there will be more for you im sure.one door opens etc,
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    cheers mate. about the patience..yeah i got tonnes of it

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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/15 02:01:48 (permalink)
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    I'm looking into this as well..

    It's hard to be humble when I'm so great...

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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/15 07:24:35 (permalink)
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    I've looked into this aswell, and it's definately something for the future.

    In the mean time, I'd suggest getting in touch with charities such as Age Concern, and The Red Cross to perhaps do a bit of voluntary work and see what local projects they have going before you make any huge commitments.

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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/15 08:05:44 (permalink)
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    i did a stint

    it is rewarding but wasnt for me and my time there was short

    agreed though, if you have the desire you will be doing a great service

    6 quid seems a little low?

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    good luck
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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/15 08:18:26 (permalink)
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    i couldn't do it, but i have a lot of respect for those who do
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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/15 09:01:19 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: freak_in_cage

    i couldn't do it, but i have a lot of respect for those who do


    Same here mate and I was thankful for the ladies who helped look after my Nan. She was one of the characters but sadly had alzheimers. Still didn't stop her from calling the woman sat opposite her a tart as she was sat with her legs open. It's when she turned round telling us she was having a lovely holiday and would come back the following year that we knew she was being looked after.

    Much respect to you for looking into it, not something I would have expected from a young man. Hope you find it rewarding, we need mroe like you
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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/15 10:08:43 (permalink)
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    My missus has worked in an alzheimers home for 12 years now and she loved it for the first couple of years she used to say the same stuff about it being rewarding,now she hates it,the money is crap for what you have to do and put up with,constant verbal and physical abuse from residents,you get more stacking shelves than you do as a carer.

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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/15 13:33:22 (permalink)
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    thanks everyone. i'm gonna hand in the application form today.

    Much respect to you for looking into it, not something I would have expected from a young man. Hope you find it rewarding, we need mroe like you


    funny you should say that. there is actualy no guys working there. on the plus side, i'll be surrounded by women, lol.

    *new hobbies as a result*

    countdown will be more interesting than the playboy channel
    werthers original instead of protein bars
    premium bonds will render your credit card useless


    oh god no, lol.

    thanks again everyone

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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/15 14:06:20 (permalink)
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    My sister does 4, 12 hour night shifts a week in an old peoples home. Meant to be really hard work but worth it
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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/19 01:42:44 (permalink)
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    guess what mates.

    sabbath got an interview!! oh yes, things are looking up

    as you can imagine i'm pretty made up right about now......next stage...be great in the interview, lol

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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/19 09:09:52 (permalink)
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    I used to interview people to do this type of job. You wouldnt believe how many freaks and wierdos walked in for an interview.
    A lot of people have the impression it is a job you can just walk into because they cant think of anything better to do but that is totally wrong.
    Heres a bit of advise: (I dont know if you have any experience or not)
    1. You will have to have a Criminal Records Check (CRB) and maybe a Protection of Vunerable Adults Check (POVA) so obviously dont lie about anything.
    2. If you have any experience, even if its just looking after a relative etc.. mention it.
    3. Most places will want you to be able to do everything, for example: personal care (bathing, dealing with incontinence etc.), General cleaning, How you get on with the clients, etc... So dont go in there and say theres bits you dont want to do.
    4. Make them believe its something you really want to do without going over the top.
    5. Dress smart (I had people interviewing in jeans and tshirt which is a big NO)
    6. You may need to do a written set of questions as well as verbal (depending on the place) so be prepared for that.
    7. A lot of it is common sense, for example, if asked how you would deal with someone being incontinent for the 1st time, dont say 'thats disgusting', say 'I would make them feel at ease, say its ok, clean up and report it to my supervisor'.
    8. Stay calm in the interview, dont talk to much but get your point across, and dont go onto much about things like wages and holidays.
    9. Say you can be flexible if needed. (theres so many people that dont do this)
    10. Your willing to go on any courses needed, eg NVQ, First Aid, Food Hygene, General Hygene, Moving and Handling, etc..
    11. When lifting a client always use the Hoist (if it is supposed to be used). Not using this when your supposed to can lead to disciplinary.
    12. Take any certificates to the interview that might relate to the job.

    Sorry Im waffling now but you get my point.

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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/19 11:11:42 (permalink)
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    1. You will have to have a Criminal Records Check (CRB) and maybe a Protection of Vunerable Adults Check (POVA) so obviously dont lie about anything.

    don't worry, my record is as clean as anyones can be

    2. If you have any experience, even if its just looking after a relative etc.. mention it.

    good idea. i did mention that in my application form so maybe tha went in my favour

    3. Most places will want you to be able to do everything, for example: personal care (bathing, dealing with incontinence etc.), General cleaning, How you get on with the clients, etc... So dont go in there and say theres bits you dont want to do.

    lol, it's a good job i aint bothered by the site of naked old people. nah i'll do anything

    4. Make them believe its something you really want to do without going over the top.

    lol, but i do really want to do it. just gotta convince them.

    5. Dress smart (I had people interviewing in jeans and tshirt which is a big NO)

    hahaha, goin out today to get some new pants.
    6. You may need to do a written set of questions as well as verbal (depending on the place) so be prepared for that.
    7. A lot of it is common sense, for example, if asked how you would deal with someone being incontinent for the 1st time, dont say 'thats disgusting', say 'I would make them feel at ease, say its ok, clean up and report it to my supervisor'.
    8. Stay calm in the interview, dont talk to much but get your point across, and dont go onto much about things like wages and holidays.

    nah mate, i know's it's not about money, i mean yeah we need it, but i think they'll be more happy if i'm more concerned about looking after people
    9. Say you can be flexible if needed. (theres so many people that dont do this)
    10. Your willing to go on any courses needed, eg NVQ, First Aid, Food Hygene, General Hygene, Moving and Handling, etc..
    11. When lifting a client always use the Hoist (if it is supposed to be used). Not using this when your supposed to can lead to disciplinary.
    12. Take any certificates to the interview that might relate to the job.

    hey mate cheers. some great advice you've given there.

    lol, what do you mean by freaks and weirdos though?
    post edited by sabbath - 2006/07/19 11:12:25

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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/19 11:34:31 (permalink)
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    Good luck mate. Hope you get it
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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/19 11:39:26 (permalink)
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    thanks alot kitty

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    RE: working in an old peoples home 2006/07/20 17:37:55 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: sabbath

    lol, what do you mean by freaks and weirdos though?


    I use that as a general term for stupid people. An example or 2:

    One woman came for an interview and only wanted to clean..... umm why didnt u go for a cleaners job then.

    A man and a woman came in off the street one day and he wanted a job for (in his own words) 'my woman'. She didnt talk once and he was obviously dominating her but theres not much you can do is there.

    One woman wouldnt walk in the dark. Umm thats kinda a problem in winter. I understand what she was trying to say but why apply for a job that involved being out in the dark.

    One was on drugs, one was pi**ed, one told me her life story (and I mean an hours worth until i got rid of her), One was going to a mental institution (so why apply for a fu**ing job then). I had them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anyway rambling again.

    Hope you get it.

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