Working Night Shift in a Care Home

Posted on July 7, 2010

They’re Never Really Gone

I work night shifts in a care home. I start at 8 pm and finish at 8 am, and a lot of unusual things have been seen there whilst working the night shift. Here are just a few.

Only the other night my friend had said she would make us a cup of tea to have on our break. I was in the staff room. As I came out of the staff room I was walking down the corridor to the kitchen area and I saw someone walk into the kitchen. I thought nothing of it as I thought it was just my friend who had gone in there to make the tea. I got there about 3 seconds later only to find nobody there. The kitchen is a dead end by the way so there is nowhere else for anybody to disappear to.

I’ve seen similar things on a few occasions. I see people going into bedrooms and then it turns out nobody is there and the doors are locked. I have been in a room tidying up on my own and I heard a voice and heavy breathing right next to me. I got out of there as fast as I could!

My other work friend told me about the time when she was cleaning one of the lounges on her own when she saw a man standing staring at her. She said she wasn’t scared. She told me he then walked behind the wall divider and vanished.

Another work friend saw a figure at the end of the corridor. She told it that it wasn’t welcome and that it had to leave. It disappeared.

There is a certain bedroom there that I hate going into alone. Especially at night. I have never actually seen anything there,just heard noises and stuff, but it just gives me a really bad feeling every time I’m in it.

Sent in by Lois, Copyright 2010

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14 Responses to “Working Night Shift in a Care Home”
  1. Pat says:

    I bet you and your co-workers have enough paranormal experiences to write a book! I am thankful that nothing has physically harmed anyone… but that one spirit at the end of the hall seemed malevolent! Thanks for sharing!

  2. trolldoll says:

    i’m sure there are ghosts in those places! if some of the people that have stayed there are mentally challenged or physically challenged, your work place may have been the only home they had for years. makes me wonder how many of your residents have seen some of these guests.

  3. AnNa says:

    as long as it didnt harm anyone of you then dont let it get to not saying it does.thanks for the story.

  4. Liz says:

    It’d be pretty cool if a group like TAPS (Ghost Hunters) came out to do an investigation on the place. I bet there’s a lot of residual activity there, if not an active haunting. :)

  5. Marlaina says:

    I can believe it Lois. Sometimes resident’s families put them in there: and unfortunantly forget about them at times. Which is very sad: but it happens. I can see the residents neglected by their family’s comming back in ghostly form. But, what they should do is haunt their family homes instead.

    • chantelle says:

      Marlaina i agree , my mum worked in a care home also she didnt have any experiences but she did say alot them just are there to sit around and do nothng, they basically are waiting to die. Very sad and im sure alot of lazy relatives ‘dump’ their elderly at these places where the end of their lives is sometimes purley wasted.

      • Camila says:

        Yea that’s true because I’ve witnessed it, my grandfather was in a nursing home the last 2 years of his life and we would visit him 3 times a day that whole time to feed him and change him, etc. And the majority of the people there were just forgotten . Never any visitors or a phone call . Nothing. I can’t imagine how they must feel when they get a call telling them their loved one passed on. When we got that call it was the most horrible thing in the world and we wish we could have spent more time with him even though we saw him every day.

        • Camila says:

          But here’s the paranormal part to my comment. My stepbrother was born 2 weeks before my grandfather passed away, and when that kid started to talk he would always talk to his grandfather Adolph , it creeped everyone out because he didn’t even get to meet him his mom never took him to the nursing home where my grandfather was. He would tell us details on how he looked and what he said to him he was only about 2 or 3 years old!! Well as he got older he stopped talking to our grandfather and now he only remembers very few details about their conversations.

          • chantelle says:

            wow that is scary, there are lots of stories where children can talk and see the passed, i always wonder why that is. I bet it was nice though knowing Grandfather hung around a bit longer and he sure was lucky to have you visiting 3 times a day!
            I agree i would feel terrible if i hadnt visited or anything before they passed, but there are plenty of inconsiderate people out there when it comes to their older rellies.

            • Camila says:

              Yea it was a difficult time and we didn’t want to leave him alone so my aunt wasn’t working and her and my grandmother would go for breakfast lunch and dinner to take care of him and we all got to know most of the people there and sadly a couple of them did die alone waiting for loved ones to visit them. My grandfather died in his sleep at about 4 am but I know he died knowing we were all there til the end and I just feel bad for all the people who waited for at least one visit from loved ones and I think it’s those poor souls that linger on in these places.

  6. bigbarney says:

    yeah all those crazy old people still wanting to haunt that place. i wish i could go there and do an investigation. my baby mama used to work in a place like that, and i would go visit her late at night, and some weird stuff did happen to us also.

  7. Jaybee says:

    Years ago I had to have an operation, so I checked in the night before. I was in the last room at the end of the hall, private room. I had two nurses coming in all the time I was in there, so much so that I got very little sleep that night. That’s pretty normal, but what I thought was weird was that they would linger. They’d talk to me, offer a back rub, one stayed chatting for about 20 minutes. Totally odd. Early the next morning I had my surgery and came back to another room. After the surgery, one of the nurses from the night before came in check on me. I asked her why they had moved me. I found out they’d run out of rooms, so they’d had to put me in that room at the end. She asked me if I’d slept okay, which, I had – what little I had slept. I finally pulled it out of her that the room was haunted, which was why they kept going in to check on me all night and hanging out. They didn’t want me to have any “experiences” – which, I must say, I didn’t. It did freak me out after the fact tho.

    So yeah, I’m sure hospitals and nursing homes both have lingering spirits.

    • chantelle says:

      poor you! i thought you were going to end the story saying the nurses that kept coming in and out were ghosts lol but that must have been annoying! kind of funny though lol i wonder what they meant by haunted? like what happens if your left alone in that room.. creepy:)

  8. PandaCobain-TM- says:

    I have never felt comfortable in nursing homes. I’ve always just felt like there were spirits in them. My great/grandmother was in a nursing home for a long time and I absolutely hated going to visit her (of course I didn’t like seeing her ill and what not) but I just always felt a presence (or presences). Thank you for sharing your experiences.

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