VACANT:201 - Fysiotherapie
Organisatie: Bejaardenhuis Regio: Granada, Nicaragua
Internship organization
This elderly home is run by nuns and professional workers and has 28 staff members of which one licensed physiotherapist. The people who enter the elderly home are extremely poor, have chronic diseases, are abandoned persons or have addiction problems. Often they are referred to the elderly home by the Ministry of Family or the social workers of the hospital. The elderly home accepts all kind of people, no matter background, religion, mentally-illness, physically invalid, etc. They have capacity for 60 persons (30 women and 30 men) and they accept only persons aged 65+.
At this moment about 50 elderly people are living at the elderly home. Approximately 90% lives here for free, and approximately 10% contributes with some money from their little pension or their family members support them financially. The elderly home is totally dependent on donations of organizations, because they do not receive support from the government. They have a very small budget and therefore welcome extra hands and help from interns and volunteers.
Activities for interns
During the day the elderly people participate in physiotherapy, this is more or less obligatory. In the mornings there is group therapy and in the afternoons individual therapy. Mondays and Tuesdays women are treated and Wednesdays and Thursdays men.
The elderly home has a spacious room especially for physiotherapy where patients can be treated. There are also sufficient and various instruments and training materials available to do all kind of exercises. Massages are also welcome.
There is also room for research assignments if this is an obligatory part of your internship. In coordination with the physiotherapist you can set up your own research assignment and conduct research.
Working hours physiotherapy: Monday-Friday 8am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. It is also possible to work less or combine working at the elderly home with another internship, such as a public health center, see #124.
If you are working a full day you will receive lunch and you can eat with the personnel, but you are also allowed to go home for lunch or bring your lunch with you. No one in this elderly home speaks English, it is required that you speak basic Spanish when starting your internship. If you do not speak Spanish yet you can get the required Spanish level while studying hard during a 4 of 3 week Spanish course in Granada. While working at the elderly home, it is obligatory to wear an ‘uniform’ during work, which consists of: jeans/trousers or skirts from knee length or longer, white doctor’s coat and closed shoes or sandals (no flip flops).
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