Sunday, November 25, 2012
Hair Career: Hairdresser for the Elderly
These skills came in handy for the seven years that I serviced the elderly. Although, the pay was no where near my corporate engineering salary, I enjoyed making the elderly feel good about their clean head and their fresh hairdo. When I had to transport them to their rooms, I got to see all of the pictures of their younger years and their families. It is amazing to see that one day if we live long enough, pictures may be the only thing showing proof of our youth.
As for the short term residents that I serviced, some had been in the hospital so long prior to getting to the nursing home, a relaxing shampoo service was like "heaven" to them. I remember so many times that the patients/residents touched my hand at the end of their hair service and just said "Thank you." Seeing a client just smile after you made their day so much better is worth more than words could ever say. I missed that connection.
However, what I do not miss, are the times when the residents were physically not able to bend back into the shampoo bowl. Sometimes the wheelchairs prevented the residents from being able to receive a good shampoo. Sometimes, so many needed hair appointments, but I had to be careful not to overexert myself because the company did not care if you injured yourself.
Hairdressing for the elderly is a specialized area of the hair industry. Some say it's "a calling." It is NOT a glamourous job. Sometimes, your residents expire, but you do not want them expiring during their hair service visit. Because of the physical toil that working with the elderly can have on your body, part-time hours are the best way to go as to not get burnt out.
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