I was a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) for many years in a nursing home. Yes, I spent my days in the trenches where most won't go lol! I didn't plan this journey or phase in my life and I believe it was a calling from above and we sometimes don't know where are path will lead. I have always been a caregiver of such and one could say I have a very old soul.
I kept hearing residents say I'm bored, I have nothing to do or no purpose anymore. I wanted to give meaning and life back when many thought all was lost. I ask for permission for at the end of the day to begin doing projects with the residents. We painted, cooked, pour concrete, made a garden etc etc etc I could go on and on as it became a daily ritual where as soon as I walked in the door for the day they would ask what are we going to do today! I have to tell you I was having as much fun as they were. We had a full house in our tiny lounge we then converted into a craftroom/activity room.
We made all our decorations one year for our Christmas tree and when Christmas was over they didn't want to take down the tree so we handmade all the decorations for every holiday that year. We were busy little beavers! Word spread and many visitors from the home came everyday to see what our residents were making and doing. This brought company and socialization and JOY!!!!!!!!