The Nursing Home of Jinotega, situated in the northern part of the Republic of Nicaragua, provides basic care, housing, health care and meals to low-income seniors ranging from 60 to 100 years of age, currently accommodating about 55 men and women. Most of which have been abandoned and have no family, coming from both urban and rural areas of Jinotega and surrounding regions in the north of Nicaragua.
The center is under the direction of the local Catholic Church, and is managed by an administrative team composed of caregivers and nurses who are trained to provide care and support to the elderly community. Most of the residents suffer from chronic and degenerative diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and dementia.
As part of the care, residents have a diverse daily routine including cognitive stimulation, social and cultural activities with the support of volunteers from Jinotega’s community.
Among the social and cultural activities, the staff is promoting intervention including creative arts and mental health in order to reduce ageism and stereotypes regarding old age, as well as to reduce the social stigma of dementia. In addition, it allows to show the community the importance of mental health care and cognitive stimulation for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.