During June, the Red Cross of Montenegro, in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance and Social Welfare, provided home care services for a total of 822 users.
89 home helpers in 14 municipalities of Montenegro (Andrijevica, Bijelo Polje, Berane, Petnjica, Danilovgrad, Cetinje, Mojkovac, Kolašin, Nikšić, Plužine, Pljevlja, Plav, Gusinje and Rožaje) were engaged within this project.
This type of service is provided to elderly people living alone who, due to specific circumstances and the level of vulnerability, need help in performing daily activities such as: food procurement, assistance in preparing meals; movement assistance; assistance in maintaining personal and space hygiene; space heating assistance; assistance in paying bills for electricity, telephone, utilities; mediation in providing various types of services for the maintenance of the apartment and household appliances and the purchase of medicines and taking them for medical examinations. The service is provided through regular home visits and compliance with all preventive measures of the competent health institutions.
Home care services are extremely important for those who live in rural areas and are exposed to poverty and live in isolation. For them, home helpers are very often the only support they receive. All home helpers engaged in this program have passed certified training of the Red Cross of Montenegro for provision of home care services in order to ensure the quality of the service provided. The increase in the number of beneficiaries testifies to their dedicated work and good organization of the program.
The realization of the services continued at the beginning of April, after a break of three months due to a change in the method of financing. From this year, users will also participate in the payment of the services, depending on their monthly income, while for users who have an income of up to 130 euros, the service will remain free, and the costs will be covered by the Ministry of Finance and Social Welfare. The amount of beneficiaries participation is determined by the Center for social welfare, and in addition to the amount of income, the final amount is also affected by the number of hours of service on a monthly basis. Thanks to good cooperation, and in the best interest of their oldest citizens, some municipalities have expressed a desire to cover the costs of participation of service users. Thus, the home care services remained free for users from: Danilovgrad, Cetinje, Andrijevica, Plužine, Plava, Gusinje and a large number of users from Nikšić.
The goal of providing home care services is to enable the elderly to stay in their natural environment for as long as possible with preserved quality of life and dignity.
All seniors who are interested in exercising the right to use the home care services can contact Centers for social welfare as well as the Red Cross Branch in their cities.