Three new Home Care Centres opened in the cities of Montana, Vidin and Belogradchik following the model of the four centres that operate in Vratsa district. Their main activity is the provision of integrated health and social services at home to vulnerable and lonely people over 50 years of age with chronic diseases and permanent disabilities. The new centers employ 30 people.
The centres, built under the program "Local Development, Poverty Reduction and Improved Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups", are suitable for the elderly after active treatment in hospitals, as well as for single people in small and remote settlements within the respective municipality. About 300 elderly people living in both the cities and the surrounding villages are expected to be cared for by the centres. Thus, the total number of users of the services of the Home Care Centres in Vratsa, Oryahovo, Krivodol, Byala Slatina, Vidin, Belogradchik and Montana will amount to about 700 users.
All seven Home Care Centres operate with the financial support of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 in the framework of the project "Innovative models of community care for people with chronic diseases and permanent disabilities." The project is implemented by the Bulgarian Red Cross in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities.
The services are provided by qualified nurses and domestic helpers, holding a certificate of successful completion of a specialized training course. They work in close cooperation with the consumer's GPs, other medical professionals, medical institutions and social institutions at local level. All care activities are provided after an individual needs assessment and based on an agreement with consumers (or their relatives).
About 300 elderly people living in both the cities and the surrounding villages are expected to be cared for by the centres. Thus, the total number of users of the services of the Home Care Centers in Vratsa, Oryahovo, Krivodol, Byala Slatina, Vidin, Belogradchik and Montana will amount to about 700 users.