ST. MARYS — Between the hours of 4 to 6 a.m. at an assisted living facility, most of the residents are doing what you would expect them to be doing. They are fast asleep.
It can make for some boring nights at times, but it makes the job no less important.
Joni Higgins, an aide at St. Marys Living Center, said there is still plenty to do.
While the 15 residents are able to get through a day mostly by themselves, Higgins said there is plenty of paperwork to be done. For example, one resident is developing the early stages of dementia. Aides at the center must check on the resident every 15 minutes throughout the course of the day and document each check-in.
Throughout the night, Higgins will simply help prepare the other aides that work during the busier part of the day when residents are up and about.
“We have a housekeeping chart that we follow,” Higgins said. “There is always something to do. Some nights I will wipe down walkers. We keep their water pitchers filled in their rooms. I will check and make sure the storage room is stocked up and make sure everyone has towels. Mostly, it is just finding whatever there is to do and keeping busy.”