The Heraklion Care Home operates an innovative program targeting bedridden elders. This program, titled “Solidarity Team”, aims at the improvement of the psychological condition of bedridden residents through the provision of support, companionship and entertainment. The program is supervised by the Care Home’s social worker and is comprised of volunteer autonomous elders. As a group, they visit the bedridden residents on a weekly basis, in order to keep them company, share stories, discuss the news, sing and offer words of support.
Program Support, Medical Supplies, Equipment & Heating
The grant regards the enrichment of the “Solidarity Team” program as well as the provision of medical supplies, equipment and heating for the Care Home. More specifically, through this grant the “Solidarity Team” program was able to increase the frequency of its services provision from weekly to daily. The new services include an increased provision of psychological support and the participation in a variety of recreational activities. Through the purchase of specialized equipment for this program, physiotherapy treatment was made possible; also, moving bedridden elders, in order to participate in various daily activities of the Care Home, previously not possible, were made feasible. A senses stimulation space was also created for the holistic treatment of bedridden patients.
The need for medical supplies includes medication as well as consumables that the elders’ public insurance plans do not cover. The equipment, mainly kitchen appliances and office equipment, enhances the quality of the Care Home’s daily operation. Heating is also provided to the old building in view of the completion of the new energy efficient one.