Today was officially opened the first in the country Control and Communication Center (CCC) which will provide teleassistance and telecare services to elderly people with chronic diseases and permanent disabilities. The service is implemented under the project "Innovative Community Care Models in Favour of People with Chronic Diseases and Permanent Disabilities" by the Bulgarian Red Cross in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Social Policy and the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS).
Providing social support and quality medical care is extremely important, both for society as a whole and for each individual. The maturity of a society is judged by the care it provides for the elderly. A society that does not respect, care for and respect the dignity of the elderly - such a society does not deserve a future.
The Control and Communication Center is part of an intelligent system for independent living, based on the use of personal electronic devices by consumers. They provide the opportunity for remote monitoring of physiological indicators in real time and signaling at risk to the health and safety of the person in his home. The innovative teleassistance and telecare services started in January 2022 on the territory of Vratsa, Vidin and Montana districts. Gradually, users are involved, and the total number within the project will reach 500 people, some of whom live alone in small and remote settlements. The monitoring of the activity and the condition of the users is carried out 24 hours a day, seven days a week by a specially trained team consisting of five people with medical education.
The pilot implementation of this service will improve the access of single people with health problems, as well as people living in remote and small populated areas to professional health and social care.
Immediately after the official opening ceremony of the CCC, a round table on "New technologies to help the elderly" was held.The new social and health services, which are provided in the municipalities of Vratsa, Oryahovo, Byala Slatina, Krivodol, Vidin, Belogradchik and Montana, were presented. Norway's experience in this area was also shared during the event.