Upcoming opening of the Control and Communication Center in Vratsa under the project "Innovative Community Care Models in Favour of People with Chronic Diseases and Permanent Disabilities"

04-03-2022 15:41

On March 8, 2022 in Vratsa will be officially opened the first Control and Communication Center in the country for the provision of teleassistance and telecare services for elderly people with chronic diseases and permanent disabilities.

The center was built within the project "Innovative Community Care Models in Favour of People with Chronic Diseases and Permanent Disabilities", with beneficiary Bulgarian Red Cross in partnership with Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS),funded by the ''Local development, poverty reduction and enhanced inclusion of vulnerable groups" Programme, funded by the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014-2021.

The innovative teleassistance and telecare services were launched in January 2022 and so far 220 users from the districts of Vratsa, Vidin and Montana are included, some of them living alone in small and remote settlements.They are provided through a unified system for remote monitoring of physiological indicators in real time, by trained staff and with the assistance of the teams of the 7 Home Care Centers located in the three districts.By providing two types of personal devices in the homes of consumers, there is the ability to monitor heart rate, saturation, temperature, blood pressure, ECG, alarm activation in different situations and more.The aim is to provide a timely response in the event of an accident at the consumer's home, as well as in the event of a deterioration of his condition.

The services are suitable for people over 50 years of age with chronic diseases requiring medical supervision, people with permanent disabilities, as well as for single elderly people with limited access to medical care and social services.

The aim of the new service is to create a model for effective management of chronic diseases, coordinated at the community level in order to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and using the capabilities of modern information and communication technologies.The 7 Home Care Centers in the districts of Vratsa, Vidin and Montana also play an important role as a connecting link in this model in terms of the connection between the consumer and other structures for health care and social services.

On the same day a round table on "New technologies in helping the elderly" will be held in the Conference Hall of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The aim is to present the new services and engage the partners at the local level in building a coordinated system for their provision in the future. Norway's experience in this area will also be presented during the round table.