Interning at Flamingo Care

Below is an article written by Sharon Razla, a Touro College student  who interned at Flamingo Care last year. She ended up “loving it”—as she puts it, and continues to work at Flamingo Care! This article was published in the Spring 2012 Touro College South newspaper:

 

Interning at Flamingo Care: A Different Kind of Learning Experience

 

Flamingo Care isn’t just an assisted living facility–it’s a dream made into a reality.  I had the privilege of being part of this dream while interning at Flamingo Care this Spring semester. There, I was introduced to Mrs. Anna Kaplan, an R.N who left the hospital setting with a vision of creating a homelike environment where the elderly could eat, live, and grow together as a family. With the green house concept as its foundation, Flamingo Care was born. Green houses offer our elders another choice. They aim to establish small and intimate houses for long-term care needs as opposed to the typical institutional-like nursing homes. Green houses can range between only six to ten beds! Bigger isn’t always better.

Intern celebrating a birthday at Flamingo Care

With only six beds, Flamingo Care is able to provide a personal touch to each of the residents entrusted to their care. There, I witnessed a place dedicated to their residents living their lives to the fullest while promoting their safety and independence. The cherry on top is that they are certified Kosher–the only small, homelike Kosher facility in the whole state of Florida!

 

It was truly beautiful to see Judaism being incorporated into the lives of the residents–most of them whom have only started to understand what it means to be Jewish.

 

At Flamingo Care, residents aren’t a number, they are family. After spending nearly four months with the nurses, staff, and residents, they have become a part of my family as well.

 

If any students are unsure or confused of their future career plans, I would definitely recommend an internship. It’s frustrating, confusing, and tiring not knowing what you want to be (while everyone around you does). Even if you think you know (like I did), interning will give you early hands-on exposure to your career path. It’s like a sneak peak of what your every day work life will be. Most importantly, interning forces you to answer the question: “Will I really enjoy doing this?” I actually ended up switching my major because of this experience. Plus, you can get college credits!

 

I would like to thank the faculty at Touro College South for making this wonderful experience possible. This internship was a great way to finish my time here at TCS, but it was also the beginning of my first steps into the future. I also would like to express my gratitude to Mrs. Anna Kaplan for taking me in and allowing me to be part of her dream. I cannot put into words how thankful I am for the experience, knowledge, and skills that I have gained from this once in a lifetime opportunity. Thank you!

 

Flamingo Care is located in the heart of the Jewish Orthodox community in North Miami Beach, FL. They specialize in longterm and respite care services, and are certified Kosher under the Vaad HaKashrus of Miami-Dade. Come and visit them today!

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