Geriatricians understand how an older individual's social situation or physical condition might influence medical treatment. What really matters to many seniors is maintaining the ability to engage in favorite hobbies like cooking or gardening; to play bridge with friends; or to take a walk with a grandchild. For this reason, geriatricians commonly refer patients to other specialists who can help them improve or maintain functional status, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, or exercise physiologists, among others. Students regularly serve internships and fulfill clinical requirements at HSL to earn degrees or certification in these allied health-care professions.
In addition, social workers and individuals trained in pastoral care help patients cope with change and loss that can occur in old age. HSL provides a rich environment where students in these disciplines become familiar with the challenges facing seniors and their families and learn effective counseling techniques.
The Rehabilitation Services Department maintains affiliations with many Boston-area institutions, including Boston University, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professionals, Northeastern University, and Tufts University.
Internships and fieldwork opportunities are available to students studying:
- physical therapy
- occupational therapy
- speech-language pathology
- exercise physiology
Social Services Department has a history of hosting graduate students
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center's Social Services Department has a history of hosting graduate students from Simmons College, Boston University, and Salem State for internships. In addition, Social Service interns also serve at Hebrew SeniorLife's independent housing sites. Each intern is matched with a supervisor and receives the necessary practical experience and supervision required toward earning a master's degree in social work. The students work as part of interdisciplinary teams to set goals for residents and their families aimed at optimizing the quality of residents' lives.
The Recreation Therapy and Creative Arts Therapy departments at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, as well as our independent senior housing sites, sponsor high school and community college students in a wide variety of educational opportunities. These students complete internships and work/study programs, earn high school credits for their work as assistants, and may receive certificates as gerontology activities specialist.
The spiritual needs of residents are paramount to their care, and members of the Religious Services Department regularly mentor students from a variety of programs. Students from Hebrew College, the Academy for Jewish Religion, Massachusetts General Hospital Clinical Pastoral Education Program, and Brandeis Jewish Communal Services assist the department throughout the year. Hebrew Rehabilitation Center also launched its own Clinical Pastoral Education program, which focuses on the Jewish spiritual tradition.
The Security Department at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center also regularly accepts interns from Northeastern University's co-op program and hosts two interns each semester.