To Be Professional When You Are Working
Is it okay to be sad or do you always need to be professional when you work with people? It seems like the winter makes old people ill.
My work is to help people in their own homes. They all want to live at home as long as possible with a little help from me and my colleagues. Some need help to get dressed and undressed. I also help many of my clients to take showers, and now and then I buy food or handle out ready-prepared food for them. Some need help with medication and some just want you to stop by to chat a little. To help old people has been my work for almost two years now. I really like it, because it's a job with great variety. Most of the people I help are very nice and thankful. After a day at work I mostly feel satisfied. I help them with their daily life and they give so much in return. You get to know the clients and build a relationship with them. It's important to not get too involved with them and stay professional. These people mean much to me, but to be able to help them in the right way, I need to have a certain distance. This is what's hard sometimes.
Right now many of my clients seem to feel a little down. Maybe it's the darkness up here in northern Europe this time of the year that makes people feel down. Many of them suffer from heart diseases, diabetes, memory disorders and other common diseases among older people. Some are going to the hospital and usually come back home again after a couple of days or weeks.
Today it didn't feel good when I left work after I had finished my day, even if it should have been a great day. I have five days off from work and I'm going on a weekend trip with my family. I can't really concentrate on that today. I should be packing my bags right now, but my thoughts are constantly flying around thinking of one of my clients, who was sent to hospital today. A couple of days he hasn't been his old self. His heart didn't beat regularly and he just didn't act like he used to do.
The boundary between professional and personal relationship to this client are probably nearly erased. In this situation I don't know how to act like a professional. There are so many feelings involved. This client is a nice, warm and caring person. He always makes sure everyone around him feels good. I guess I'm a little chocked about the fact that his health deteriorates.
I'm aware of that almost of all my clients don't have many years, or maybe months, left to live. It's something I don't want to think about, but it's actually the reality. Nobody lives forever. This day has been one of the days, when I start doubting my choice of work. Once again the thoughts of professionalism come to my mind. But what if I can't be a professional with all of my clients. This time it's hard. I guess I still have much to learn. Life goes on ... for some of us.
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