Programs - Health Care Collaborative
Caring for senior community members with teamwork
Rural Honduras is built on a multi-generational family structure, and there are often several generations of a family living under one roof. As we try to provide care for one of the most vulnerable populations, “viejitos” or seniors living in our villages, we partner with neighbors and family members for support. Vijetos often have complicated health histories, multiple chronic diagnoses, and more daily medications than any other family member, so teamwork is crucial for supporting their health with success. Healthy senior citizens then serve as role models and symbols of health and longevity for the entire community.
As part of the health collaborative, we provide home visits to senior citizens in the village, who may not easily be able to leave their home. As we expand our geriatrics program, we hope to provide at least quarterly home visits for our viejitos throughout the year, in addition to our consistent community education plan.
Healthy Diet, Medication Compliance, and Chronic Disease
Because the older community members have the highest incidence of chronic disease, healthy diet and medication compliance are both very important to health maintenance. The focuses of our geriatric health program are education regarding these key concepts, as well as the goal of helping to provide fresh fruits and vegetables. Educating community volunteers to help older citizens take their medications consistently helps these patients live longer, healthier lives.
Mentors for our Youth
We have so much respect and love for the viejitos in our communities. Not only do they have treasured stories and experiences from times in the past, but they are also mentors for our youth: the future community leaders.
You can make a difference
SELF helps hundreds of children and families, and they depend on the generosity of supporters like you. Each and every donation makes a difference.