Employer: The Pierce House
Internship Number: 428
Internship Title: Elder Care Assistant
Location: Farmington, Maine
Period of Engagement: Available Each Term – Spring, Summer or Fall
Compensation: Unpaid
Description of the Internship:
The Pierce House is a residential care facility in a vibrant downtown area, nestled among the lakes and mountains of Western Maine.  The facility is a locally operated home for older people that contributes to the cost of care for each resident and provides assistance with activities of daily living and the management of health care needs in an environment that fosters privacy, independence, and dignity.

We offer gracious living in a homelike atmosphere with sixteen private rooms with baths, a large heated porch overlooking Main Street, two living rooms, an activities room, a dining room, a welcoming kitchen, a spacious lawn, a patio, and gardens.

The Pierce House is seeking a student intern each semester to serve as an Elder Care Assistant.  It is estimated the intern would work approximately 10 hours per week.

For more information on The Pierce House, please visit their website at:  http://www.thepiercehouse.com/

Interns will learn about policies and procedures related to day to day operations of the facility.

Internship work will focus on one or more of the following projects:

  1. Building a rapport with clients.
  2. Assisting clients with personal projects, e.g. genealogical work, scrapbooking.
  3. Developing and documenting life stories through interviewing and video-taping.  These will be used by staff and family members.
  4. Creating social events for residents.
  5. Creating opportunities for family and friends to interact easily in this residential environment.
  6. Creating client cost analysis presentation of the Pierce House (Residential Care) vs other traditional Long Term Care options such as home care, nursing homes, etc.
  7. Survey existing health care facilities in Franklin County to create resource of available services comparable to the Pierce House.
  8. Other tasks within this internship might include specific projects as assigned by the site supervisor.
Successful candidates must:

  • Be able to maintain confidentiality
  • Demonstrate good attendance
  • Have the ability to self-start, while simultaneously being a team player
  • Have an interest in older people
  • Ability to speak easily and effectively with strangers
  • Good writing skills.
Application Process:
Application is made through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement.
Complete and submit the Partnership’s Internship Application Form online.
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