Dates: 01-06-2017 - 01-05-2018
Place: Lorca (region of Murcia), Spain
The hosting organization is Residencia de Ancianos de San Diego - Residential Care Center (Nursing Home) for the elderly, which aims to cater all necessities for its users through custom integral attention. The organization wants to increase the quality of life of these residents by promoting their independence and autonomy. Also, the workers of the centre want to facilitate the integration and coexistence in the center by favoring interactions with the environment. They aim to offer the residents a living space which is safe, accesible and adjusted to their needs.
The project aims to facilitate the inclusion of youngsters by involving them in activities of support and motivation of elderly people in order to encourage their autonomy, values, development and learning to work with people, through daily coexistence in an institutionalized environment.
The final result would be a collective space for living, mutual learning from foreign cultures, which would serve as support for the necessities of the residents. These necessities could include: mobility, breathing, excursion, support in manipulating objects, support in their intellectual and creative evolution and encouragement to use all their physical and psychosocial abilities. In return, the volunteer will be able to dive into the new and interesting culture, language and local customs through dialogue and participation in everyday life and special occasions that will be held in the сentre.
The groups of elderly people who reside in such centers are in great risk of social exclusion because they generally need more attention in various areas related to the process of getting old, such as: special caregiving, help in overcoming pain, help with activities of daily life, support in adaptating to a new environment, assimilation and understanding of the aging process.
For this reason, the project acquires a strong trait in corresponding social, behavioral and rehabilitative intervention processes which will be carried out in order to improve the daily life of the center’s users. The interpersonal and group interaction with youngsters, professionals, staff and other groups of elderly people could make them feel more useful and boost their self-esteem because they will benefit from an environment which recognizes their role in today’s society and also promotes and encourages the use of their soft skills and social skills. The main motivator is to fight against the difficulties faced by the residents of the center, by offering them a broad activity programme (mobility and exercices, excursions to different places, leisure) which enables them to maintain their health while enjoying a comfortable environment.
Volunteer will join one of the following programmes that are ran by the centre:
1. Reading club
2. Handmade workshop
3. Press workshop
4. Theater workshop
5. Emotional intelligence
6. Functional stimulation
7. Cognitive stimulatio
The volunteer has to meet the following requirements:
The project is funded by the Erasmus+ Program.
In order to apply, you should send your CV and motivation letter to firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline. Please make sure that in your motivation you describe your willingness to work with elderly people as for the hosting organization it is very important to have a very motivated volunteer. In the subject of your e-mail you should indicate "EVS in Residencia de Ancianos de San Diego". Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.