Reflective account on End-Of-Life
Last year 23 September 2012. I had a resident called “Mrs X” she was a 72year-old widowed living at ---, a Nursing Care Home. She’s not a religious type of person as she was Atheist. She has lived in the home for the past two years, and during that time I was assigned as her key worker. Mrs X had One Son and 3 grand daughters they are all regular visitors to the home. She has recently been diagnosed with renal failure, and her life expectancy is only a couple of months without dialysis. In the past Mrs X has made it clear that when her “time comes” she wants to be able to stay at Belmont House, and “go quietly”. She has stated that she does not want any treatment that will prolong her life. This means …show more content…
She’s smiled when she’s telling all about her puppy’s story. So I came to the point to ask her family. She’s quiet for a while, and then she said my family just came to visit me when I arrived here except my oldest granddaughter. They never visit me when I was at my home. I was interested to listen until she said, “one day I’m gone no one stay at my home except my oldest granddaughter. I was surprised which I known every time I saw her family came visited her they are smiled and very chatty to the staff. I went to the staff office and I recorded to the care plan and then I reported to my line manager the story.
It was my day off when she passed away. My colleague texted me and I rushed to come and see her before the under taker take her away. I was devastated however I managed to talk to her family and offered their drinks and other basics they needs. Her family appreciated my time and hospitality. Until then, I was very aware and to look after well with the people dying. And also the relatives concerns and wishes.
Sometimes, it wasn’t easy to talk about end of life issues but it’s important to do. Now that we’ve put our affairs in order and talked about what we want, we can “put that in a box” as it were, and get on with living one day at a time, cherishing each day together, as I know it’s going to end one