Getting to know residents on a personal level has made LTC an attractive career option, student says

Four Fleming College occupational therapy assistant/physiotherapy assistant students are doing a seven-week placement at Riverview Manor. Pictured above, from left to right: Jeel Patel, Divya Patel, instructor Natasha Annette-Lawrence, Domenique Douglas and Van Tran Thi Thao.

Jeel Patel says Riverview Manor placement has steered her towards pursuing a career working with long-term care residents

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Four weeks into her seven-week placement at Riverview Manor, Fleming College occupational therapy assistant and physiotherapy assistant (OP/PT) student Jeel Patel says she’s decided she wants to work with long-term care home residents once she completes her program in June.

“It has been a very good experience for me; each day you learn something new here,” Jeel tells The OMNIway.

Jeel is one of four Fleming College OP/PT students currently doing a placement at the Peterborough long-term care home.

Jeel’s last student placement was at a clinic. Clinics and long-term care homes are different environments, Jeel says. In a long-term care home, staff members get to know residents on a personal level, something Jeel says makes long-term care an attractive career option for her.

A major part of her placement at Riverview Manor has been getting to know the residents and learning from them, Jeel says. While interacting and getting to know residents on a personal level has taken some getting used to, Jeel says she has enjoyed the experience because she’s learning how interesting and unique each person is.

“I became used to (interacting) with some residents, and during group exercises I got to know more and more people every day, and now it seems like our home too,” she says.

For more than 10 years, students from Fleming’s occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist assistant program have been working with residents and physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants to build their skill sets.

By engaging with long-term care home residents, the students, who are at Riverview Manor as part of their occupational therapy placement, are working with people who have varying combinations of physical, social and cognitive needs.

The students have been doing their placement at Riverview Manor on Tuesdays and Thursdays since March 5. The students will be doing their placement at Riverview Manor until May 9.

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