Organiser: Roure Foundation.
Collaborating organisation: Ramon Molinas Foundation.
Dates of implementation: 01/01/2020 – 31/12/2020.
Help at home, a programme for elderly people that are socioeconomically vulnerable
The Ramon Molinas Foundation collaborated with the Roure Foundation with the objective of improving quality of life for elderly people that are socioeconomically vulnerable. With targeted actions, Help at home, based in the neighbourhood of Ciutat Vella in Barcelona, has a positive effect on the wellbeing of elderly people.
The programme, which sees to around a three hundred people every week, provides support and services such as cleaning, preparing meals, assistance with personal hygiene or dispensing medication. It also offers accompaniment to the doctor, or to complete tasks or paperwork, and can also offer advice on these. Another aspect of the project is promoting active aging. Help at home encourages participation and a link to sociocultural activities that strengthens neighbourhood networks. Finally, it provides emotional support in cases where people are suffering from loneliness.
After detecting the need for intervention, a social worker and a psychologist from the Roure Foundation interview the elderly person, in their own home, to evaluate their situation. After the evaluation, and bearing in mind their autonomy and their opinion, the staff members present a personalised proposal of actions and services.
A programme offering double social action
Help at home also has a team of assistants from different backgrounds of social vulnerability. The Roure Foundation trains and equips ten women with all aspects related to the care of elderly people. The organisation therefore helps them, too, to improve their own personal situations.
As for the elderly people assisted by the programme, their profile is very similar. The programme responds to the needs of vulnerable elderly people tha suffer from loneliness or isolation. They are 85 years old on average, with no relatives, live in precarious housing and often aren’t aware of the resources available to help them improve their situation.
Those assisted by Help at home are people that have come from social services, from Primary Healthcare Centres or from other organisations.
The Roure Foundation, social action in Ciutat Vella
The Roure Foundation has worked Ciutat Vella, Barcelona, in the neighbourhoods of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and La Ribera since 1992. With more than 25 years of experience, the organisation understands the local area and the difficulties experienced by its inhabitants: the scarcity of housing, the aging population and the socioeconomic difficulties that people face every day. Given these circumstances, the objective of the foundation is to alleviate the basic needs of elderly people with economic difficulties and their families with its immediacy, solidarity and teamwork.
Apart from Help at home, the Roure Foundation carries out a series of actions and projects. To provide food relief to disadvantaged groups, the organisation organises El Rebost Roure and Àpats en Família. While the El Rebost Roure provides food staples, Àpats en Família ensures a daily meal to people who cannot cook because they either don’t have the money, or because they don’t have a home whatsoever. The Roure Foundation also offers a shower service for people who need it.
The Roure Foundation also provides the Día Prisba Centre, a day care service for socioeconomically vulnerable elderly people who don’t have a support network. With space for 30 people, the centre helps elderly people to recover and maintain of their personal and social autonomy, preserving their link with the social dynamic of the area. The organisation also has a charity shop for clients for neighbours with financial difficulties where they can buy second hand, quality clothing at very cheap prices. Lastly, the Roure Foundation has a charity laundry, a washing service for social organisations, companies and individuals whose aim is to promote social and labour integration.
Ciutat Vella, the Barcelona district where the highest number of people live alone
According to the Ciutat Vella Action Programme 2016-2020, Ciutat Vella has the highest number of people that live alone in the whole of the city of Barcelona. 32.4% of people over 65 years old live alone. A total of 1,200 people that are over 85 years old live by themselves, representing 5.2% of the city and 43.9% of the population of Ciutat Vella that are in this age range.
On the other hand, the Ciutat Vella Action Programme 2016-2020 states that the district’s housing stock is older and smaller than the city average. Typically, flats in Ciutat Vella are old (85% were built before 1961), small (51% are under 60 square meters), in a bad state of repair (30% of housing is in a bad or deficient state of repair), and lack accessibility (only 12% are accessible for people with disabilities).
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