A group of students studying abroad in Reggio Emilia were able to give back and learn about elderly care facilities in Italy. The students were praised for their visit to a local elderly care facility. Below is a translation of the article on the facility’s website provided by USAC staff. The original can be read in Italian here.
ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 29TH A GROUP OF AMERICAN STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD IN REGGIO EMILIA MET RETE
A guided tour and a chance for comparison in “I Tulipani” Residence, Massenzatico.
On Wednesday, April 29th, “I Tulipani” residence hosted a group of American students from USAC, a university studies abroad consortium at Reggio Emilia coming from several universities all over the United States.
RETE’S residence— “Reggio Emilia Terza Età”—has been chosen as an example of excellence among elderly facilities. The building is designed as a small city, with streets, gardens and a main central square. The quality of the service relies on the level of personalized interactions and the participation of guests and relatives.
The visit gave students the opportunity to learn how the general welfare system works in Reggio Emilia and the chance to see the extent of the services offered by RETE.
The students also attended “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Aging,” a course guided by Doctor Luisa Allione, Resident Director of USAC Reggio Emilia, and Doctor Lucreazia Calvi, “I Tulipani” residence coordinator.
It was an interactive tour where students focused on the centrality of the residents in the daily services the company provides, appreciating the “Italian square” architectural structure of the residence. The group visited the creative labs corner, the gym, the chapel and the kitchen. They then took part in entertainment activities offered at RETE, such as group exercise.
The students explored the living environment, comparing it with American systems and appreciating the several opportunitices given, the architectural design, the operators, the cook and the physiotherapist, seeing how everything may stimulate the residents’ enhancing skills such as independence, orientation and relationships.
It was a wonderful occasion of comparison, dialogue, exchange and cultural growth for everyone!