Nursing students learn from residents at Foulkeways, and vice versa
Students from Jefferson University School of Nursing are getting handson experience in a community health setting by working with residents of Foulkeways at dwynedd Continuing Care oetirement Community, but their learning has gone beyond what they expected.
lften, medical professionals see elderly patients when they’re experiencing health problems, but the residents at Foulkeways are showing them what healthy aging looks like.
“It gives them a sense that just because you’re older doesn’t mean you’re not healthy,” said Jefferson adjunct instructor Judy Masiak.
This is the second year that nursing students from Jefferson have been working with Foulkeways residents on sixweek rotations as part of their community health course.
They interact with residents in settings such as tKH fitnHss FHntHU DnG the resident care center, where they perform tasks such as taking blood pressure, Masiak said. They also lend a hand in balance class, where the residents learn strategies on how to prevent falls, and at Abington House, the facility’s personal care division.
Also, every Friday, the students give a presentation on different aspects of health, such as how to get a better night’s sleep, the importance of keeping the brain active, and nutrition.
Student Colleen voung described a resident who is 95 and gets around well with no assisting devices for mobility, and she was surprised at one resident’s swimming skills.
“He absolutely schooled me in the pool,” she said. “He was doing laps around me.”
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voung and Elena Linnik, another student, said they have learned the importance of staying active throughout their lives.
“Being active makes you stay healthy, keeps them busy and keeps them alive,” Linnik said. “It was eye-opening to me. It made me think about what I can do for myself to stay healthy.”
Trudy Cooke, who lived in Souderton before moving into Foulkeways about seven years ago, enjoys being around the students as well.
Sitting in a chair in the fitnHss FHntHU, CRRNH sDLG she especially enjoys the students’ Friday lectures.
“They’re very knowledgeable and very caring. They have a lot of good ideas, and I haven’t missed xa lecture] yet,” she said. “I always learn something I haven’t learned before.”
Not only is it important to stay active physically, it’s also crucial to keep the brain healthy, Cooke said.
She said she used to think she was wasting her time by doing puzzles, but her doctor told her otherwise.
“He told me it’s wonderful that you do that. Don’t ever stop,” Cooke said. “That’s why my brain is so active.”
Kimberly ooss, a student who was helping resiGHnts Ln tKH fitnHss FHntHU, said the residents have had amazing lives, and she’s enjoyed getting to know them and hearing their stories.
“Sometimes the elderly are pushed off to the side,” she said, “but they really have a lot to offer.”
Nursing students Susan Park, left, and Angelica Musso work in the fitness center at Foulkeways at Gwynedd with resident Don Weisel.
Nursing student Susan Park speaks with resident Phil How in the fitness center at Foulkeways at Gwynedd Feb. 15.