First students graduate from the master’s degree programme in elderly care

Four students were the first to graduate from SAMK with a Master´s Degree in Elderly Care in December 2016. Elderly care needs to be developed in regard to everyday matters, and the four graduates are professionals in this area.

20.1.2017 | By: Aino Pelto-Huikko | Photo: Katri Väkiparta (cover) & Anne Sankari

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“A nurse ratio is necessary, but money or more hands do not provide a solution to everything. The right attitude and minor changes in work mean a lot”, Katri Keihäs, one of the graduates, says. She started the studies to gain competence in how to combine individual-oriented client work and good personnel management to strengthen the enthusiasm of employees.

“Elderly care needs a major cultural change and knowledge about how it is carried out successfully”, Katri Keihäs says. This was a strong motive for her studies.

Armi Kreivilä works at the Welfare Centre for the Elderly in Säkylä. She wants to highlight the networking of professionals. Master's degree students are already professionals in their own field, which emphasizes the importance of networking.

“This work is not done alone. It is a good idea to contact your friends who have the same problems and challenges everywhere. The others may give you clues of what to do and what not to do in everyday matters”.

Keihäs's title after graduation is Master of Health Care and Kreivilä's title is Master of Social Services and Health Care. The degree title depends on the previous degree. Kreivilä's thesis deals with the development of informal care in Säkylä. The topic of Keihäs's thesis is the development of socio-cultural activities in the service centres of Pöytyä.

Services for the ageing is one of the strategic focus areas of SAMK. The first group in the Master’s Degree Programme in Elderly Care started in autumn 2015 and the first students graduated before Christmas 2016.

20.1.2017 | By: Aino Pelto-Huikko | Photo: Katri Väkiparta (cover) & Anne Sankari

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