Service reflection #4

I have been in this service for almost 3 and a half terms. One thing I am proud of is my own development when interacting with the residents. As mentioned in my previous posts, my development can be shown through my differences with the new G9s who joined the service not so long ago.

I have worked with many different seniors over the time I have been in the service. One skill I have developed is my communication skill. Due to their condition, residents can have severe mood swings. This means we have to choose our words carefully in order to get the residents engaged in the activity. Furthermore, effective communication also meant that I had to be a good listener and be engaged in the conversation. As my past resident said, “you are very humble, it is nice”. Being humble and kind to the residents, listening to them, engaging in a conversation with them. I was able to learn the importance of being an effective communicator.

LO 1 Identifying own strengths and develop areas for personal growth

LO 2 Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process

LO 5 Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively

LO 6 Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance

LO 7 Recognise and consider the ethics of choices and actions

Service Reflection 3 – change

Season 3 of Apex Harmony has started. This season, we have 6 new grade 9s as the previous grade 10s have left for their mock exams. This is week 3 of the new season and we have only visited Apex once. We have been planning activities for the past 2 lessons. From the first visit, I have noticed many changes. One change was the place and the residents. During the 2 week break, they had rebuilt a lot of the building. Many of the past residents we had worked with had spread out to different areas within the facility. This meant that we were making with new people. Another change I noticed was the change in myself. I am now able to communicate with the residents better. Looking back at the past, I remember how I was hesitant to start a conversation with the residents. This was because I was afraid that they could be in a bad mood, as mentioned in my previous reflection. Many grade 9 students are in a similar situation right now. By comparing them and myself now, I am able to see how I have developed my skills to communicate with the residents.

Throughout the next 2 seasons, I will try to help the grade 9s as much as possible. My next step is to overcome my comfort zone. Although my communication has developed, I believe I am still trying to stay safe in my comfort zone. This can be evident as I am not initiating the conversations.

LO 1 Identifying own strengths and develop areas for personal growth

LO 2 Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process

LO 5 Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively

LO 6 Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance

LO 7 Recognise and consider the ethics of choices and actions

Service reflection part two

During my third and fourth visit to Apex Harmony, there were multiple problems we encountered while doing our activities. Each student was paired up and organised an activity to do every week. These activities had to be simple, fun and had to improve the clients’ cognitive skills. On the fourth visit to Apex Harmony, the activity was organised by two grade 10 boys. The activity was to make the people follow a certain music rhythm. One major problem we encountered was that it was very hard for us to get the people to follow a rhythm. They would often play their own rhythm or did not understand what they were supposed to do.

During this activity, we were paired up so the students could teach the people with dementia how to play the rhythm. I was very focused and caught up on my own partner that I was unaware one person did not have an instrument although she was sitting next to me. This is one mistake I should often reflect back on as it is important to be aware of my surroundings and I should be helping as many people as possible.

Another challenge I face was the communication barrier. Although I was paired up with a person who could speak English, it was very difficult to communicate with her as she could not hear well, understand well and speak loud. One advice I got from my teacher was to use simple words and to talk clearly.

 

LO 1 Identifying own strengths and develop areas for personal growth

LO 2 Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process

LO 3 Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience

LO 4 Show commitment to and perseverance in your CAS experiences

LO 7 Recognise and consider the ethics of choices and actions

My first service reflection

My first service reflection

My service is ‘improving motor and cognitive skills with Apex Harmony’. Here we help people with dementia improve their cognitive skills. After meeting my clients for 15-20 minutes one thing I noticed was the language barrier. Most of the people there were Chinese speakers making it very hard to have a conversation. Another interesting thing I found was the change in behaviour for people with dementia. Although the lady I talked to was very nice and kind at first when I asked ‘what board game are you playing?’ she became very frustrated and annoyed. One thing to keep in mind when I visit them next would be to make sure to not say something they would not like.

LO 1 Identifying own strengths and develop areas for personal growth

LO 2 Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process

LO 4 Show commitment to and perseverance in your CAS experiences

LO 7 Recognise and consider the ethics of choices and actions

 

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