Time Commitment: Duration: June 10 – August 30, 2019. Maximum 225 total hours.
Days and hours of work: Monday-Friday 10:30am – 2:30pm (20 hours/week).
The “Menno Mobility Squad“ interdisciplinary team will provide evidence-based practice guideline to improve treatment of depression in older adults, with or without cognitive impairment, by introducing a Duet wheelchair biking program as a specific recreational therapy program and intervention. We aim to reduce depressive mood and social isolation in older adults by 50% by August 31, 2019.
Wheelchair Biking is a type of recreational intervention designed for use with all people children, youth, adults and the elderly to extend their mobility and recreational options. The intervention uses a Duet bike, which is a modified tandem bicycle, and enables the resident, at all functioning levels, even with severe disabilities, to ride in the wheelchair while the staff/volunteers or caregiver pedals and steers from the back. To provide more evidence, the Resident will be equipped with a GoPro to film their experience while riding. All footage will be edited and made into a documentary entitled “Through their Eyes.” The Intern will be involved with both editing and orientation of volunteer recruitment to establish a pool of volunteers to help aide in the study, which will require contacting outside agencies in the community.
The Intern will conduct four Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles and four surveys throughout the research study. They will be given access to Recreation participation charting program and will work with Recreation to create run charts using data from before, during and after the intervention to provide measurable evidence as to whether participation has improved and depression scale testing results are lower.
This position is best suited for an upper level undergraduate student or a student entering a master’s degree. Specific skills for this position include:
• Physically able to ride a bike
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Must feel comfortable in a geriatric setting
• Microsoft Excel and Word is an asset
• Basic knowledge of GoPro film editing
The intern will also complete a written rules of the road test.
Send resume and cover letter in a single PDF document by Monday, May 6, 2019 to:
Please indicate the project name(s) that you would like to be considered for when applying.
Only short‐listed candidates will be contacted.