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Care for the Elderly

Program Fees Care for the Elderly

Each of us will grow old.  We can only hope that as we begin to slow down we have sufficient resources, financial and human, to ensure this time is dignified, without anxiety and deprivation.  Nepal’s elderly enter old age in poor health without money or material assets to support them.  VIN seeks skilled and passionate volunteers to join care for the elderly project to support elderly people at their old age and make them feel they aren’t alone.

In Nepal, those of 60 years and over are considered elderly.  The majority of elderly people are living in poverty due to lack of resources.   They are suffering the cumulative effects of a lifetime of deprivation, lack of education, poor health and nutrition, low social status, discrimination and restriction of mobility.

Traditionally, it was the responsibility of family members to care for the elderly within the extended family home.  But, as society begins to change, families have become much smaller, women are beginning to work outside the home and many family members move from rural Nepal to seek employment in the city or abroad.   With only one elderly care centre in Nepal, Pashupati Briddha Asram, the country has no workforce experienced in caring for the elderly.

VIN is seeking experienced volunteers to work with the elderly in Nepal and pass on their knowledge to local people.  Your knowledge will be vital in creating a stronger care system for the future. Volunteers who have no experience but much enthusiasm are also welcome.  Dependent upon your experience, you will help to nurse sick elderly people, perform health checks, provide first aid, work as a care taker, assist with food preparation and sanitation and organise recreational activities.

During your placement you will live with a Nepali host family.  This will enable you to become immersed in Nepali language and culture and experience the backdrop against which the elderly you care for have survived.

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