Caring for older people offers more than you might think, and ageing populations mean geriatricians are in demand, say Aliya H Razaaq and Alexander Robert Brown
- By: Aliya H Razaaq, Alexander Robert Brown
Feather-like little old dears knitting jumpers and sipping tea from china saucers … a gust of wind could knock them over. Doris discussing the contents of next door's cat's food bowl, her catheter bag hooked over a nearby flowerpot. Buses, weather, and the delights of shopping bags.
These were my perceptions of the geriatric unit. I believed it to be a glorified nursing home, a place where elderly people could stop off to give their carers respite. Perhaps it was a place where they could get the relief for that sore in-growing toenail, the nagging crepitus in their knees, or maybe sort out the arrangements for the new stair lift.
Although these thoughts sound unreasonable, I further pondered that the aches and pains that came with old age were all simply a “part of life.” With these thoughts in my mind, I was a bit unenthusiastic about spending my first