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SOCIAL VOLUNTARY HOME CARE
A lot of lonely old people live in Lithuania. They are struggling to maintain human dignity in the autumn of life. This is not always successful, because their days are accompanied by poverty, illness, loneliness, and despair. Our goal is to facilitate their fate, to return the dignity and the belief that they are not left alone.
Relief Organisation of the Order of Malta (MOPT) decided to help seriously ill lonely old people, who are lying at home, do not receive any care, and depend on random people or neighbours’ help. It was decided to train volunteers to take care about such people and help them by all means.
PROBLEMS OF BENEFICIARIES AND SOCIAL SITUATION
Beneficiaries of MOPT Social home care project are very vulnerable and they live below the poverty line. These people receive very small pensions and do not have any extra income or earning potential. They need to pay for a house, utilities, prescribed medications and still manage to survive from their modest funds. Mostly all of them are seriously ill, often in oncological diseases.
THE CARE OF BENEFICIARIES
Beneficiaries of the project are mostly visited by voluntaries 2 times a week, but if necessary – every day. The nature of the service and duration depends on the state of beneficiary. Project’s activities include the provision of assistance to a variety of types: social, psychological and physical. Special relations are often created among the volunteer and supervised people. Constant communication with willing to help volunteer protect beneficiaries from depression and loneliness. Volunteers give a sense of security for these lonely old people. The organisation of the spiritual assistance to old people is the additional step to help; ordains of Vilnius Theological Seminary visit beneficiaries in Vilnius and speak on spiritual matters.
The beneficiaries receive the following skilled, sincere assistance:
• Sanitary – hygienic care;
• Help at home;
• Food purchases;
• Visiting them at the hospital, communication with the treating medical staff;
• Receipt of compensation measures;
• Accompaniment to medical workers;
• Provision (partial) of care and hygiene products, non-prescription medicine.