So, to continue the account of what I do for a living, I’ll concentrate on another one of the gentlemen I help to care for.
I will affectionately refer to this gentleman as Mr Manic, because his personality is constantly erratic, sprinkled with frequent episodes of comically deranged activities (And I say that with respect and acceptance)
For instance, Mr Manic indulges in a disgusting but equally comical activity of stuffing the toilet with any and every item he can get his hands on and celebrating his ‘Victory ‘ by defecating on said items. It’s important to say at this point, that it is virtually impossible to keep an eye on him for the full 9, sometimes 15 hour shift. So, on a few occasions throughout the day, he pounces on every opportunity to indulge! Often, when staff are busy with something else, which is often, we walk past the toilet to discover cups, plates, clothes, forks and spoons spilling out over the edge of the porcelain, often decorated with freshly laid nuggets!!
Of course, this is a very challenging behaviour to deal with, but he has recently taken his manic activity to completely different level! A few months ago, when we passed the living room door, we were surprised, but not shocked to discover the resident mentioned in the previous post laying practically naked on the settee! With a straight face we asked him were his clothes were, to which he replied with a silent and vacant, confused but happy stare. We helped him to re-dress then searched for his ‘Missing in action ‘ clothes. We discovered them stuffed down the toilet, covered in familiar decoration!!! The culprit, was sitting on a chair, relaxing and humming to himself, obviously taking a breather from his exhausting activity!!!
Because of Mr Manic’s habitual activities, the house is almost bare of ornaments and pictures, especially his bedroom, which has been a victim of the full force of his compulsion to destroy anything and everything that isn’t screwed down or indestructible.
Despite his manic personality, he seems to enjoy a cuddle. I know I’m the only member of staff to use this technique but it works for me and for him, so I use it frequently. When he’s jumping around like a rabbit around the house, I’ll move closer to him and give him a big but gentle cuddle. More often than not, he reacts by placing his head on my chest and grins a big toothless grin, sometimes accompanied with a little boy giggle. It calms him down for 5 minutes or so and then it’s back to classic Mr Manic activities.
I could go on and on about him, but I’ll leave it there.
In the next post, I’ll concentrate on another resident of the house.
Until then 😊