Police Profession and Long Term Care

Hogewey village just outside of Amsterdam is unlike most other villages. For one thing there are cameras everywhere and the gardeners are not who they appear to be. It sounds like bad sci-fi but the village is actually a nursing home for severe cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s. The project was started by a nursing home worker Yvonne Van Amerongen, who never wanted her parents to end up in a place like the one that she worked in. The project cost $25million to get it up and running, and it requires a great deal of government subsidy, but there are many lessons we can take away from this interesting experiment.

First is that they always try to put the residents in a home which is decorated for the time period that the patients short term memory believes it to be. The patients are not confused by the items that surround them and so they feel more relaxed and at home. The seniors see this place as a real town and the townspeople, their caregivers, keep the seniors active without appearing clinical. It is really amazing what they have been able to accomplish and it costs significantly less than the average American nursing home. The actual cost of care is $8000/month, but the most residents ever pay is $3600. This mere $43,200 as compared to the $80-90,000 Americans are paying to live in traditional nursing homes.

One thing that stands out to me is how much better people do when they feel at home. This is one of the things that I have always believed about the aging process. The longer a person can stay in their home, the longer, or at least the happier they will live. People do not want to be confined, we need freedom, or in the case of this Dutch village the illusion of freedom. These patients still feel like people and that feeling goes a long way.

I like this village, but I do not see a project like it coming together over here. Unless someone can find a way to do it without all of the government subsidies I don’t want to see it over here. What I like about Hogewey is that it shows us the value of home care and maintaining a level of independence. Some people will end up going to traditional nursing homes, because they need a more care than can be accomplished at home. However, people want to stay in their homes and live a normal life for as long as that remains possible.

This scenario is all too common for people who have been a police officer or in the law enforcement industry.  Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients are often helped return home after they wander off.  It’s important to have the police officers trained on how to handle these special cases.

Police officers who drink tons of coffee can find some solace. A recent study on Long Term Care showed that moderate coffee drinker had a 20% reduction in Alzheimer’s.  What ever the case may be there must be a comprehensive approach to address this aging word we live in so they will be protected and cared for in their old age.


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Be on Top, Be a Cop

A career well-known to others that requires a great inclination to be of assistance to those in need, a strong desire to face exciting daily activities or “adventures”, and undying commitment to serve and protect the community in all sincerity, is a career in law and enforcement—yes, as a cop! Needless to say, people are inspired to become police officers because it lets them afford a respected profession that obviously offers good benefits. Being a cop, however, is not always stunning as it appears to be and will never be a carefree career. Expect to put yourself in threatening situations for the sake of helping your fellowmen. There are also times when you should be on call to work long hours that may possibly interfere with your personal life, particularly if you already have a family. Besides, you will have to attend to everyday violations of the law by observing peace and order, meting out tickets, probing into noise complaints, and writing incident reports. In sum, to qualify as an officer you must have a big heart, good moral character, and strong dedication to your mission to help others in need.

It is a fact that nowadays, there are some cops who actually use their badges to preponderate among others and abuse the power they have received. An act of stinginess that is absolutely wrong! Thus, regardless of what position you hold as an officer, you must be someone would not act foolish by being dishonest to your fellowmen and to the laws of your country. Consequently, it pays for you to take the time to examine your reasons for aspiring to become a police officer. And if you have established the facts and you still strongly believe that you want to take the steps further, then perhaps, you can earn a police badge.

When applying to a police force, check if your competencies and personality are prepared for the challenges you will face as an officer. You must be skilled in active listening, critical thinking, and of course, assessing situations. You must also be good at solving problems and negotiating with people even under great stress and pressure.

Becoming a member of the law enforcement team requires a lot of effort and preparation. While requirements differ based on the area you are in, still, there are the universal or standard requirements you will have to meet which are as follows:

– Must have at least a high school diploma, a college degree will give you an advantage
– Must pass a criminal history check
– Pass the civil service examination
– Complete the police academy training

Once you have passed all these and qualified to be a cop, be sure that you value at true worth the opportunity given to you. Not all are given such position, so do not waste it. Plus, have a strong work ethic that can give you an edge and can prepare you to bigger opportunities.

Becoming a police officer is no doubt challenging that can put one’s life at risk; but, clearly, it is a fulfilling career that can help an individual make a big difference in the community and for the whole population.