A study by the United Nations highlights the fact that the number of elderly people is rising exponentially, reaching two billion in 2050. Most of the elderly people live in developing countries, with few resources to support them.
In Romania elderly people have difficulty obtaining socio-medical services. Indeed, rather than being taken care of in hospitals they prefer to stay at home where they can ask their family, friends and neighbours to take care of them.
The county strategy in the social and child protection assistance field initially focused on two areas: protection, integration and social inclusion of handicapped adults; and the protection and promotion of children’s rights. Elderly people were not included in this strategy, even though they represent a disadvantaged group. For this reason, principal measures in the Operational Plan for the implementation of the county strategy in social assistance and child protection 2006-2011 includes:
The lack of help inside and outside the family puts the dependent elderly person in the situation of having to look for a solution and pay a large sum of money for just a few care hours. In recent years efforts have been made by the Romanian authorities and NGOs to introduce a third alternative - home care and day centres run by professionals. The Public Health Ministry, in conjunction with other central authorities and NGOs, proposed a number of normative acts, some of them requiring a vote in Parliament. These acts created a framework that allows some alternative services for elderly people to be initiated and sustained. Since 1997, the Communitarian Support Foundation (FSC) has been offering home care services for dependent elderly people. In the spring of 2001 a partnership was signed with Bacau County Council to assure home care services for elderly people; the Council pays a monthly sum, representing personal expenditure (home carers) and the cost of cleaning materials and incontinence aids for the beneficiaries of the programme. To evaluate the beneficiaries a Social Medical Evaluation Card (geriatrics) and a National Test of Evaluation are used. All the home carers of the FSC have been authorised by the Labour and Social Solidarity Department of Bacau. In 2003, an authorisation was obtained from the Health and Family Ministry to develop home nursing care, which is renewed every year.
|Award category:||public service delivery|
|Sector:||Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform|
|Type of activity:||cooperation|
|Keywords:||Home care services, elderly persons, social services, medical services, network|
|Short English description:||In the spring of 2001 a partnership was signed with Bacau County Council to assure home care services for elderly people; the Council pays a monthly sum, representing personal expenditure (home carers) and the cost of cleaning materials and incontinence aids for the beneficiaries of the programme.|
|Organisation:||Bacau County Council|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:|
|EU membership:||EU member|