This article details our intervention as occupational therapy students in a care home (Accommodation for Dependant Older Persons) between April and May 2020, during the Covid-19 health crisis. The article first details the context of this volunteering, defining both the health measures put in place, the way we organised ourselves as well as the way the home organised itself to protect the elderly residents’ health.
With regards to Occupational Therapy, this article is particularly interested in the issue of occupational deprivation stemming from the health crisis. That is, the confinement in the bedrooms has fostered a decrease in individual and collective activities, in social interactions and movements within the care home.
Our mission was therefore to maintain all of these as much as possible whilst respecting the mandatory sanitary measures.
In order to accomplish this, we had to show autonomy, creativity, adaptability and be assertive in our posture and professional identity despite still being students. This support has made it possible to strengthen the care given to the residents and thus limiting the negative consequences of this health crisis.
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