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LLI-341 Social Inclusion of Elderly People (Aging in Comfort)
10.05.2018 - 09.11.2019
Project ERDF Financing: 381 674,80 EUR
Project call: 2nd call
The project is targeted at 45 thousand elderly inhabitants of Latvia-Lithuania border region – the former districts of Daugavpils and Rezekne and the districts of Utena and Moletai. It aims at improvement of the quality of social services for home care with newly trained mobile teams – teams of professional care-takers providing home-based social assistance to seniors including assistance in taking care of the body, basic medical assistance, cleaning and cooking.
The project intends to improve community-based social home-care services and infrastructure by applying new approaches of help at home and self-help activities allowing for aging in comfort. It will include (1) theoretical trainings, networking, exchanges of experience and study visit to Falun, Sweden for mobile team specialists, and (2) improvement of social home-care services for elderly persons with elaboration of a handbook for the mobile teams as a guidebook setting out the methods on provision of a good quality home-care social service to elderly people, and improvement of equipment – acquisition of 4 special vehicles and specialised equipment for the mobile teams for provision of wider range and better quality of social home-care services.
It is intended that the project will train 40 mobile team specialists and improve equipment for mobile teams in 4 districts (Daugavpils, Rezekne, Utena and Moletai) and 1 municipality (Ilukste) of Latvia-Lithuania cross-border region directly benefiting 1300 elderly persons.
Home care has become more accessible in several municipalities in Latvia and Lithuania
The most in demand and most commonly provided, but not accessible municipal service ‘’home care’’ and the growing demand for it by the elderly has been the main challenge of the project “Social Inclusion of Seniors” (No. LLI-341) or Aging in Comfort. The aim of the project was to improve the quality of home care social services in 4 municipalities in Latgale and 2 municipalities in Lithuania by developing social service mobile teams or professional caregiver teams, acquiring various new specialized equipment for mobile teams and activating self-help activities for single seniors.
With four new specialized cars will go to the home to lonely seniors
Association Euroregion “Country of Lakes” as the Lead Partner of the LLI-341 Aging in Comfort project is proud on to the purchase of four specialized cars for home care services purchased within the project with financial support from the European Union under the Interreg VA Latvia-Lithuania Program 2014-2020. Project partners who own cars – Rezekne Municipality, Daugavpils Municipality, Utena and Moletai District Municipality Administrations.
A methodological handbook has been published for mobile teams’ home care staff
As part of the project, a handbook has been published for both home care of mobile teams and municipal social service staff to improve municipal social care services for the elderly. Through the transfer of knowledge from mobile brigade staff, it will also serve everyone in the community to develop self-help skills and engage family members, friends, neighbors or volunteers in the care process of seniors, to bring the elderly together for a comfortable aging. The methodological manual is also available in e-version and will be published on the website of each partner involved in the project for general access.
Specialized equipment for home care for seniors with disabilities has been purchased
Social service at home care does not just mean visiting a social worker at a client and helping the client with their daily home cleaning, cooking or delivering groceries, newspapers. In most cases, home care recipients are persons with reduced mobility and functional capacity, or are unable to care for themselves completely. Municipal social services often lack the facilities to care for, wash, lift, move, and move such clients.
Project cross-border conference “Aging in Comfort” took place in Rezekne
The conference, organized by Project LLI-341 Aging in Comfort, aimed to discuss the situation and future development of social home care services in Latvia and Lithuania, taking into account the interests and needs of older people in the cross-border region. Representatives of municipalities, social care providers and non-governmental organizations involved in the project, both from Latvia and Lithuania, involved in the provision of social services at home and working with older people on a daily basis were invited to the conference.
Mobile teams’ specialists also carry out theoretical training cycles in Lithuania
Theoretical training for mobile teams members of social services who will provide or already provide home care services was organized in Utena and Moletai, Lithuania, with a specific training session theme in each location. During the project, between May 28 and June 7, 2019, as in the training part in Latvia, 40 caregivers and social workers participated, who will continue to work in the municipal social service mobile teams. The topics of this trainings was “The Concept, Nature and Diversity of the Care Process”, “Death and Dying, Professional Ethics”.
Mobile team specialists start theoretical training
In order to develop and improve social care services and their quality in Latvia and Lithuania, one of the tasks of the project LLI-341 Aging in Comfort is to strengthen the knowledge of mobile team specialists about the process of home care of clients, medical, psychological and social assistance, self-help measures for family members and neighbors of the client, as well the important role of teams in the daily lives of single people.
Sociālā aprūpe dzīvesvietā Zviedrijā balstīta uz vērtībām
Borlänge pašvaldību Zviedrijā laika posmā no 2.līdz 5.decembrim mācību vizītē apmeklēja sociālo dienestu pārstāvji no 6 Latvijas un Lietuvas pašvaldībām- projekta LLI-349 „Aging in Comfort” partneri. Vizītes laikā tika apmeklētas vairākas aprūpes mājās pakalpojumu sniegšanas iestādes, notika tikšanās ar dažādiem speciālistiem, kas pastāstīja par Zviedrijas valsts un vietējās pašvaldības sociālo aprūpi regulējošiem normatīvo dokumentu aspektiem, dalījās pieredzē par aprūpes mājās sniegšanas vispārēju organizēšanu Borlängē.
Sociālie darbinieki no Latvijas un Lietuvas dosies mācību vizītē uz Zviedriju
No 2. līdz 5.decembrim projekta LLI-341 „Aging in Comfort” partner-pašvaldību sociālie darbinieki kopā ar Vadošā partnera, biedrības Eiroreģions „Ezeru zeme” projekta pārstāvjiem dosies mācību braucienā uz Borlänge, Zviedriju.
Attīstīs jaunus sociālās aprūpes mājās pakalpojumus vientuļiem senioriem
Ar mērķi ir uzlabot aprūpes mājās sociālo pakalpojumu kvalitāti, ko nodrošinās mobilās brigādes – profesionālu aprūpētāju komandas, sniedzot vecāka gadagājuma cilvēkiem aprūpi un medicīnisko palīdzību mājās, biedrība Eiroreģions „Ezeru zeme” sadarbībā ar 4 pašvaldībām Latgalē, 2 pašvaldībām Lietuvā uzsākusi projekta „Senioru sociālā iekļaušana” (Nr. LLI- 341) jeb Aging in Comfort (tulk.- Vecumdienas komfortā) īstenošanu.