Students Visit Bupa To Empathise With & Research Citizens Living In Aged Care

 

Fix-ed students had a highly enjoyable visit to Bupa Merrimac to meet some of the residents and gather primary research into ageing. Residents shared life stories and valuable insights into the challenges of living which will allow students to respond to community needs.

The group was met by Desiree of Bupa Merrimac and given an introduction into life in a care facility . Mr Robinson and Mr Scicluna also accompanied students as groups were paired with local residents to get an insight into their life and share stories.

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During the visits, students had the opportunity to meet some of the friendly, generous residents and gain an insight into their daily lives, as well as their transition into living as a Senior. Students had a lot of questions and listened attentively to the residents as they shared their life experience and challenges with physical and mental health, mobility and retirement.

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Over the coming classes, students will begin to unpack the information gathered as part of the inquiry process. The insights gathered will provide some strong foundations for the students to continue their work towards assisting members of the community.

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What the students say:

"The highlight of my day was having the privilege to meet and talk with Ivars, a dementia patient at Bupa Merrimac" - Liam

"The experience at Bupa was great. I got to meet the elderly people, learn about how they live and find out interesting things about them." - Lachlan

"It was interesting to see what it’s like for elderly people living in a home with mental illness." - Riley

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Fix-ed students and staff would like to thank Bupa Merrimac and the residents for their time and will look forward to continuing the collaboration into the future.

 
Tom Allen