Thursday, September 23, 2010

Quickly the time is passing

Well, it's really fucking rushing. I suspect that comes from the alternative service as opposed to school since this is the only thing that changed.

Since I don't really know what interesting stuff I could write about, I'll just do a quick wrap up of what I have to do for assisted transportation in the German Red Cross.

Mainly I just drive to the people that have difficulties getting to a hospital or something, pick them up, accompany them into the building and either wait till they're finished or if that time would be too long drive back to the district association to bring them home later.

For this we have either a stretcher trolley or a stair chair. Additionally we have means of transporting a wheelchair.

Some patients can walk short distances, those are of course the easiest, since you don't have to carry them out of their home and onto the car and so on. You can just let them get into the chair themselves and roll them around.

Otherwise we will have to get into their home, lift them into the stair chair and often carry them downstairs (and upstairs when returning). This can be rather difficult when the person to transport is rather well build (even the lesser good build will require some strength) and staircases seem to often be rather small as well.
Added fun when the person is demented and they grab the handrail out of fear of falling.

Since wheelchairs are not meant to be lifted (with a person still in them) we have a car with a hydraulic lift and one with a ramp.
We simply get them into the car like that and strap the wheelchair. Easy-peasy.

Stretcher trolleys are usually easy to transport. Just the act of getting the person on it can be difficult.

Transportation of this kind of personnel requires a special certificate, which we don't get anymore for doing alternative service as it was shortened to 9 month, and recently even down to 6.
Thus employed full-time drivers will do the actual driving while we just help with handling the patients.
We may, and usually do, empty runnings though (e.g. from the district association to the patients home and from there back to the association).

Additionally we help the janitor, e.g. collecting trash, doing yard work, washing cars 'n stuff.
We still sometimes get free-time up to a few hours. I bring along my laptop and my colleagues usually watch TV, one likes to take a nap sometimes and the other also reads a book from time to time.

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