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More than 2 thousand people received assistance under the "Care 65+" project on Sakhalin

More than 2 thousand people received assistance under the "Care 65+" project on Sakhalin
Photo: sakhalin.gov.ru

Mobile teams have been created in all districts of the Sakhalin Oblast to provide support to those in need of outside assistance. Lonely pensioners and people with serious health problems are helped within the framework of the "Care 65+" project.

The project went live this summer, since July 2 people have received help. According to the Deputy Minister of Social Protection of the region Marina Tashmatova, mobile teams are finding out which of the risk groups needs outside participation. They conduct a survey and fill out a checklist in which they indicate information about the living conditions of an elderly person, the need to control age-related and chronic diseases, the provision of support measures and social services, the timing of resolving the identified problems and the resources involved.

The brigades include medical workers, volunteers, representatives of district administrations, social protection structures, law enforcement officers. The focus is on lonely pensioners, people with limited mobility, disabled people with severe health problems, as well as patients who need palliative care.

Mobile team members help fill out the “social passport”. The document contains information about the needs: medical, social, legal, leisure. The collected data is completely confidential and intended solely for internal use.

The brigades also advise the elderly on social issues, help collect documents, solve everyday problems and, if necessary, organize visits to a medical or social institution. The specific "set of actions" of the brigade depends entirely on the life situation of the ward.

“The main problem of almost all people over 65 is loneliness. Together, we are doing everything possible to make the life of these people better in every sense, ”said Alla Lyubimova, head of the social development department of the MKU“ Directorate for ensuring the activities of local self-government bodies ”of the Korsakov city district.

She added that even people who are not formally lonely can experience loneliness, therefore, special tact and sensitivity are required from members of mobile teams. As the founder of one of the largest social services in Russia, "Babushka for an hour," Natalia Linkova noted, the elderly often need elementary attention.

“The elderly must understand that they are not alone. Let it come once a week, ask what a person's needs are - this is very valuable. If you only knew how seniors look forward to such visits and prepare for them. So a wonderful project has been launched on Sakhalin, and I am sure that everything will work out, ”said Natalia Linkova.

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