The Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) continues to be a key educational partner in the Chelsea and Greater Boston communities. LFCL has a tradition of sponsoring internships, clinical rotations and meaningful volunteering to students enrolled in High Schools and Colleges all over the area.
In 2016, LFCL regularly hosted students from Everett High School. The students spent time engaging with residents and were able to the gain valuable social experience that comes with offering companionship to the elderly and disabled. For our residents, this created more opportunity for interaction, socialization and support. Furthermore, this provides a prime example of LFCL’s effort to create a multigenerational society.
Also in 2016, culinary students in a local vocational program gained educational contact hours by assisting our high performing dietary department. The students were immersed in a fast paced kitchen that provides up to 450 meals per day to staff and residents while being taught how to maintain the highest of quality. The students gained valuable knowledge and experience while enhancing our workforce.
This year (2017), kicks off with nursing students from Bunker Hill Community College completing a portion of their clinical practicum at LFCL. Every week for an entire semester, six (6) students will work full shifts under the supervision of a licensed nurse in order to prepare for the demands of a challenging clinical career. It is a great honor to be chosen as a clinical site for a college program and LFCL is certainly up for the task!
We are proud to be sought after by so many esteemed educational institutions and we look forward to continuing the tradition of assisting local schools with educational opportunities that further enhance our residents’ experiences at LFCL.
This blog is courtesy of Michael Ferrick, Executive Director at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea, MA.