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Home for the elderly "San Vincente de Paul"

Led by Catholic Sisters, a Retirement Home (Asilo de ancianos) in León, gives elderly and dependent people a safe place to stay and medical treatment and care within the facility. Volunteers are needed here, especially in the areas of physical and occupational therapy, and also in general care and engagement of about 45 residents, to bring some variety in their daily lives.

Project Details

In the Nicaraguan society, it is actually common for elderly and dependent people to live with their families and be taken care of by them. Therefore, there are almost no homes for the elderly in the entire country and the Asilo de ancianos in the district Sutiaba of Leon is an exception. The men and women who live here have either been rejected by their families or found themselves inadequately taken care of by their families.
Maintenance effort is very different with different individuals. Among the older ladies and gentlemen, some are largely independent, while others require permanent care. Men and women live in separate areas, where they share dorms. There is a large dining room and a spacious, clean, partially landscaped garden. There is also an infirmary and a gym with various fitness equipment like fitness balls. The facility also includes a small church. In the nursing home, there are three Catholic sisters (las hermanas), the kitchen and cleaning staff and two nurses. Periodically, a doctor comes by.
The daily routine is: 6.00 a.m.: washing the patients, 7.30 a.m.: church mass, 8.00 a.m.: breakfast, 8.30 a.m.: medical check-ups by doctor (and measures if problems are detected), 9.30 a.m.: snack time, 11.30 a.m.: lunch (warm meal), 3.30 p.m.: early dinner (because the personnel will go home at 5.00 p.m.), 4.00 p.m.: Television time, 9.00 p.m. everyone has to be in their beds.
Volunteers from the fields of physical and occupational therapy are especially needed to train the physical and mental health of the residents. For this purpose, the gym and the existing equipment can be used there. Also, many residents must be accompanied and supported, walking around the facility. They also look for appropriate technical knowledge and experience in the areas of retirement and nursing support. Everyone who wants to dedicate time to the older ladies and gentlemen, can take part and perform various activities with them. Activities may include: reading from newspapers or books, telling stories, listening to music, playing games such as bingo, memory or dominoes, puzzles, painting, etc.
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Location: León, Nicaragua
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 2 Weeks
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: Spanish
Room with Host Family, Shared Accommodation
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Caregiver
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
Further Contribution To Project: None
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: professional knowledge and experience in physiotherapy and occupational therapy, residential homes or nursing; However, volunteering is also possible for those who would like to dedicate time to the elderly ladies and gentlemen, with some variety of creative activities
Further Contribution To Project: None
Expectations: Engagement, Empathy, trusting relationship with the privacy of the residents, compliance with the agreements with the sisters Do you have the "right" attitude?

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