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Affordable. Safe. Flexible Home Care.

Pre-Health Service Learning Internship Service Learning Internship Program Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Sustaining Hands hosts a Service Learning Internship Program for undergraduate and graduate students interested in medical and healthcare, social work, and psychology careers. Our mission is to provide services to help older adults and adults with disabilities in our community live independently – regardless of their ability to pay. Our recent class of Service Learning Interns logged nearly 6,000 hours of service to older adults, assisting with transportation, and providing care in the home setting. 

You will gain invaluable experience during an internship with Sustaining Hands. Internship components and requirements are designed to give interns direct care to older adults and adults with disabilities and prepare interns with our person-first, competitive training model for a competitive market. Our program provides unique access to agency professionals and seasoned fellow caregivers. 

 provide direct care in an exemplary manner that demonstrates compassion, responsibility, and reliability.
  Complete a reflection paper upon completion of the internship.
  Interns may or may not receive course credit. Course credit is initiated and maintained by the student.
  Interns must attend training and complete the minimum number of internship hours (90 hours).
  Interns are required to attend at least 3 community events throughout the internship.  Face-to-face networking and community training opportunities will be communicated to the intern class.  
Since we assist individuals in their homes, a car is required in order to provide Companion Care to seniors and adults with disabilities throughout the Triad.  
We ask that interns be 18 years of age or older as the majority of our services are in private homes with limited supervision.
  A background check is required for all volunteers, companions, interns, and staff, and is paid for by the intern. *
*Because of the extensive contact Sustaining Hands representatives have with vulnerable individuals, we run a thorough background check on all volunteers, companions, interns, and staff.  The cost for each background check is roughly $20 per person. Sustaining Hands will provide a link to this service after the internship interview and a commitment to the program. Your support allows us to reduce the funds we spend on administrative fees and maximize the funds available to assist more seniors. 
Receive Valuable Training 
General Orientation: Focus on strengthening the skills necessary for working with older adults and adults with disabilities. Topics that will be covered include effective communication, sensitivity to participant needs, adherence to SUSTAINING HANDS HOME CARE policies and procedures, establishing healthy boundaries with participants, emergency procedures, confidentiality, and tips for successful trips.
  Communication and Sensitivity Awareness Training: this hands-on training includes discussion and role-playing to better understand how impaired vision, arthritis, and limited mobility may impact day-to-day activities and responsibilities. How does it feel to no longer be able to drive? Or have difficulty accomplishing a routine task? This training involves participants sharing their personal experiences.
  Mobility Training: interns receive instruction on the safe and proper use of walkers, canes, and wheelchairs, as well as how to safely assist a participant in and out of a chair or car. 
Dementia Training: interns gain knowledge about cognitive deficiencies and how to effectively communicate with participants who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their family caregivers.
  Supplemental training and agency networking events may vary but may include information on depression, proper nutrition, and fitness, demonstration of adaptive devices for the visually and mobility impaired, as well as first aid and CPR techniques. 
How do Sustaining Hands Home Care interns gain direct care experience?
 Engage participants in intellectually stimulating activities.
  Provide escorted transportation to medical appointments.
  Provide assistance with grocery shopping and errands.  
Assist the visually impaired with reading, correspondence, and home organization.
  Run errands that would be challenging for someone with reduced mobility.
  Plan and prepare basic meals.
  Accompany participants to social, community, and/or religious activities.
  Provide respite care so a family caregiver can take time to attend to his or her own needs.  
Interns can provide support in many different ways. Matches are carefully made based on the interest, geographic location, and availability of the intern and the needs of each participant. 
Are you ready to launch a meaningful career in a growing industry? Apply for an unforgettable start to your future. 
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