Proof of the pudding…
Whoohoo.. my first oil-success at work!
I work in a nursery home with people with dementia. And last night I was working an evening/night shift. It might have been my instinct… or just me being pig headed, but I decided to bring my diffuser and some oils to work to try them out in the general living or in one of the apartments.
Once arrived I found out we were understaffed. An other colleague had to rush off home due to family circumstances. So there were just me and a temporary colleague in charge of two floors.
Eureka! It took me a few minutes before I realized this was my ‘oil’ moment! I placed the diffuser in the living with some drops of Serenity. I dimmed the lights, gave the residents something to drink and turned on the radio. Some of the other residents wanted to watch the football so we left them with the TV in the other living.
Normally at the end of the afternoon, early evening, our residents become more and more agitated / restless. They want to go home, need to run to get the train, wander around looking for the exit. Or just call for attention because they feel they missed their meal. But this time… serene silence! The lady that wanders miles every night, looking for the exit, was now just sitting in an easy chair reading a book. An other lady, normally calling whole night through was quiet and pleasantly present. There was this ultimate rest and peace… and I have to admit, this had a similar effect on me and my colleague!
Normally, being understaffed like this at nights? This had to be a hectic and chaotic night. But with the diffuser running… everyone felt at ease and peace! It ‘s been a long time since we were able to work with in such a good spirit, focussed and relaxed!
Hope this will find it’s follow up with management… I haven’t worked with so much pleasure in a long time! And the effect on the residents??!! Yes… this needs to be continued!