Mixed wards in hospitals?

September 21, 2009 3:39pm CST
I myself work in a hospital in a mainly geriactric enviroment and in my opinion wards should be mixed because i think it would go a long way into the recovery of the patients. I think it would be good therapy for both the male and female patients partically of that age, i say this because the majority of the patients have lost a spouse. What do you think?
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@KrauseHome (35522)
• United States
21 Sep 09
Well, for me it would truly depend on the situation, and the condition of the patients and such, but in a lot of ways you can still learn a lot and be an encouragement to the older generation out there for sure. My husband works in a retirement home so he works around people that are in the 60s, 70s. 80s and 90s and sees a lot of things for sure. But in a lot of ways they become like his Grandparents and a great resource of information for sure. And by allowing them to be around the younger generation it continues to give them hope and encouragement as well. So Yes, they should mix them a little more sometimes just to show them there are still a lot of others out there who care.
21 Sep 09
Yeah i know what you mean when you say they become like grandparents because a get to know a lot of my patients well and its great to hear about there war stories etc. It makes my job even more enjoyable in the fact i get to meet people with such rich histories.