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The proposal of public policies on homecare medical services and social care services for the elderly.

SenioriNet Network proposes a policy public paper on the functioning, regulation and sustainability of home care services for the elderly, nationwide. 

Position paper on supporting home care services

Over 53 representatives of NGOs, central and local public authorities as well as independent experts signed the Position paper on supporting home care services

Home care services - a chance to a dignified life for the elderly in Romania

SenioriNET Network publishes The Opinion barometer on cooperation between the NGOs providing home care services and the public authorities.

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If at this time, the elderly population represents 15% of the population, estimates show that in 2050, the percentage will reach 30%. The need for home care occurs in at least 20% of the current elderly population, but it covers only a percentage of 0.23%. The same studies show that home care is 11 times cheaper than in institutions. In addition, the development of these services could create jobs and skills to at least 100,000 people from urban or rural areas that have no other options for the employment. 

In Romania home care is of two kinds:

  • Medical
  • Social-medical care.

When home care is a profession

Progressively, home care has found its place in the services provided to older people with / without disabilities in Romania. Thus, non-governmental associations have emerged which have become accredited suppliers to provide psycho-social care services at home.

Maintaining people at home in their familiar surroundings of life, it is presented as a viable alternative to placement in centers for the elderly or other types of institutions. Meanwhile, under the influence of specialists involved in offering these types of services, it has been a general awareness on the need to find a more global response to the needs of elderly that continues to develop.

Therefor, provider - associations have adapted their offer according to these changing needs.

 The four principles of home care:

  •  A professional - qualified, competent, trained, formation is a decisive factor in the acquisition of such skills.
  • A framework - puts actions, work in well specified limits: time, place, status, employment contracts, ethics, professional ethics,
  • An intervention project - drafting a professional project starting from one’s application, the family’s, social worker’s application, etc.
  • A responsible reviewer – a warranty for the quality of the help which was provided, has the role of regulator and facilitator of the designed action.

 The benefits of home care are important

  • Home care allows families to remain united preventing rupture and allowing dependent elderly person to remain at home and receive the care required;
  • The elderly prefer to receive care in a family environment, comfortable and not in an institution of protection;
  • The caregiver offers the advantages of a "quality life" in opposition to the institutions, leading to positive results slowing the psychosomatic degradation of older people;
  • Decreasing the number of days spent in the hospital for elderly dependents;
  • Avoiding institutionalization in care and assistance Centers to dependent elderly, which leads to lower costs paid by the local community for their maintenance in these institutions;
  • Involving local authorities to increase the quality of life for the elderly;
  • Awareness on behalf of the population from the local community about the importance of avoiding institutionalization of dependent elderly people through home care

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