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National Home Care for the Elderly

Duration: 2002 through present


Goal

Promote improvement of the life quality for the elderly living in Gyumri, Vanadzor, and Gavar through the provision of Home Care and Home Nursing services.


Activities

Issues affecting the elderly population have always been a focus of Armenian Caritas activities. Beginning in 2002 with only 50 beneficiaries, our Home Care project now currently serves 300 elderly people; additionally, the project has increased its geographical reach to include the towns of Gavar and Vanadzor, and has expanded its services from merely providing food to providing multiple services. The beneficiaries of the project are elderly people over the age of 60 who live alone, don’t have relatives living nearby who will support them, and strongly need care in their homes. Program beneficiaries are financially vulnerable, endure poor living conditions, and have no income other than pension.

Through the National Home Care program, these 300 elderly people in need of care receive regular nursing care, and are provided with medical services, information, and consultancies about care and health prophylactics. Program beneficiaries are also provided with necessary items for their rehabilitation and support, including hand sticks, supporters for moving, round pillows, neck supporters, moving toilets, and anti-decubitus materials.

In addition to the health and medical support, the program assists the elderly with gathering documentation for the protection and exercise of their civil rights (i.e.: pension, obtaining welfare, applying for new housing, applying for renovations, hooking up electricity or gas supply, assisting in juridical conflict resolution, etc.). Beneficiaries are also provided with social support and assistance from volunteers; and the program contributes to the interaction of the elderly with outside society through organizing activities for their leisure and entertainment.

The working group for the National Home Care program is comprised of experts in the field, and regularly meets with state institutions at the local, regional, and national levels within the health and social sectors in order to increase the number of projects. The working group also lobbies and advocates for better social, health, and living conditions for the elderly. Public relations activities, meetings, round table discussions, and conferences are conducted in partnership with relevant institutions and local non-profit organizations that are also engaged in work with the elderly and home care.

 

Partners: CORDAID, Caritas Germany, Caritas Austria, Caritas Spain

Project manager: Flora Sargsyan

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