In Ugandan culture, it is common for the elderly to move in with their family or extended family when they are unable to independently care for themselves. Unfortunately, some senior citizens face abandonment if they have no family, or if their family is unable to provide for them yet the elderly get little to no financial assistance from the government and up neglected. This can be due to financial issues, to war, poverty, breakdowns in family and illness, or if the health needs of the elderly are beyond the family’s capability.
The Elderly Care project in Uganda focuses on providing basic services at an elderly facility, including meals, maintenance, cleaning, gardening, taking elderly to local hospitals or clinics and providing general care and companionship to the seniors, conversation, love, food, shelter. However, one cannot disagree that the elderly population is rapidly growing and that adjustments will be required in the management of volunteers.
Volunteers on this project have the opportunity to interact, learn from, and provide care to elders in a local community center. It focuses on the community of the aging and assistance in their needs both socially and physically meet. Each day, the elders receive breakfast and lunch, and take part in recreation activities, including art workshops, singing, adapted professional psychological assistance. The main role of volunteers is to keep the elders company during their scheduled activities and to develop a range of basic assignments to facilitate their learning and well-being.
The project entails them needing emotional healing and therapy, and the majorities also require a great deal of physical assistance. Depending on their status and current state of health some need help with everything including basic day-to-day functions. This is an interesting project for those who are interested in a medical profession or a nurse, along with anyone who is enchanted by the older generations. Volunteers are also expected to be open-minded, flexible, patient, caring, and also be able to lift and bend. Some of the patients do require physical help.
The group members require volunteers who can fundraise for them and also work with them in improving their lives, be of service to the community and a love of volunteering. Volunteers should come prepared with a passport in-hand for their first day.
- Willing to work among the elderly people
- Have an open mind and flexible attitude towards working in new and different environments.
- Be prepared to do some manual work in their placement.
- Offer legal help and support
- Arrange resident nursing care
- Deal with mental health and medical issues related to aging such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc.
- Meet their socialization needs
- Help the elderly make decisions, including those about dying, i.e. living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc.
- Spend your time with elder residents and make them feel special. Make them involved in leading activities, assist the elderly in daily activities, entertainment, and physical therapy (if they have the training).
- There are no qualifications required to work in the elderly home other than a love for the elderly. If you have any experience in this area or in physical therapy, it would be greatly appreciated.
- Fluent in English. Translators are available among the group members.
- Should be able to address issues including, poverty, fundraising and environmental sanitation.
- Physical fitness requirements. All volunteers should be physically fit as their programs will require a lot of walking and physical work within the member’s community.
- Should be25years of age and above.
In a typical day
Typically the volunteer is expected to wake-up at 6:00 A.M, after taking bath, proceed for breakfast then report to the Centre at 9:00A.M. As per the days assignment, one is expected to work with the elderly till noon, break for lunch at 1:00pm then resume the day’s activity till 4.00 P.M to return to their residential premises.
Saturday’s the volunteers and the elderly are to visit the slums and also visit other elders especially the disabled and the sick. Sundays all are free to visit the churches of their religion. At their own expenses and accompanied by the elders, volunteers can visit tourist sites of their choices and cultural centers.
What do we provide?
Airport Pickup/ Transportation:
Volunteers are picked up from Uganda in Entebbe Airport by an appropriate representative.
All volunteers are provided with an orientation covering topics such as safety and security, transportation, Ugandan language and local culture
Volunteering, our staff will visit you every two weeks, during this visit we will check on your progress and make sure you’re satisfied and happy.
Volunteers are provided with their own room and bathroom which is usually shared with other volunteers though a private room can be provided by previous arrangement. Staying with a host family will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to experience Nepali lifestyle and live with a warm and welcoming family. You can even learn to cook Nepali food. While volunteering, our staffs will visit you every two weeks. During the visit, we will check on your progress and make sure your satisfied and happy.
Volunteers are typically provided with two meals a day and a mid-day snack sourced from local ingredients. Meals served include rice, vegetables, and curry
24 hour support is provided by our staff members. Once you arrive in the country you will be provided with the contact details of our local coordinator who you will be able to contact at any time during your stay.
After we receive a deposit, all participants are provided with a pre-departure information booklet by e-mail this contains all the vital information about your program such as: details of the country, project location, Visa requirements, Immunization requirements, details of accommodation, contact information and suggested packing list.
24hrs assistance and support from LUF Staff.
What is not included?
Apart from the fees, other costs that are to be met by the volunteer are:
- Any personal expenses
- Any other Donations