The Sara Centre Project at Its End

Project "Sara Centre-integrated Services for adults with disabilities" has offered for 26 months free servicesincluding psychological and social counselling, psychotherapy, support groups, medical support, training and financial support, developing independent life skills and creative development. We have worked directly with 927 persons and we can say the following about them:

- the average age of adults with disabilities is 66 years and of their caregivers is 56-65 years (41,67) followed by 31-45 (23,61) meaning that the adults with disabilities are looked after by their children or close relatives

- most of the caregivers were women (83,33%)

-almost half of the adults had a profund disability, 41,35% severe and 9,02% moderate disability

- 27% of our beneficiary had a physical disability and somatic, 23,31% mental and phychiatric and 23% multiple disabilities

 Being at its end, project Sara was implemented between 1st March 2014- 30 of April 2016 in partnership with "Directia de Servicii Sociale" funded with SEEA Grants 2009-2014. Having this occasion we express our concerns regarding:

1. low standards of living, in some cases extreme poverty for both adults with disabilities and their caregivers

2. the system of social care and support is incomplete, inadequate and insufficient for the needs of adults with disabilities and caregivers

3. the rejection that the adults with disabilities have to face from the local community


1.Low standards of living, in some cases extreme poverty for both adults with disabilities and their caregivers

Recommendations

- most of our beneficiaries only live from the allowance they are entitled to based on their disability, which means they live with 30-400 lei/month

-whereas the amounts of allowances and supplementary budgets provided by Law no. 448/2006 on the protection and promotion of the rights of the disabled, are far from covering the cost of living and care for a disabled person, it is necessary to increase them (minimum recommended amount: minimum wage for persons who have serious degree of disability);

-create or develop jobs  tailored to the resources and limitations of persons with disabilities


2. The system of social care and support is incomplete, inadequate and insufficient for the needs of adults with disabilities and caregivers

Recommendations

-simplification of administrative procedures for accessing local benefits to which they are entitled to and the procedures of obtaining the documents necesary for a new certificate of disability

- implementation of long lasting support programmes for caregivers both informational and emotional

-professional training and monitoring the quality of the activity the personal assistants offer to the adult with disability

-increasing cooperation between specialists and general practitioners, as well as an infrastructure using digital storage for transmission of medical information;

-creating additional financial mechanisms for local community services for both adults with disabilities and caregivers as day centers or respite centers

-development of support system at home for adult with disability (particularly serious and severe) - support is needed long-term, steady and with a certain frequency, depending on the specific case (daily / weekly / monthly);


3. The rejection that the adults with disabilities have to face from the local community

Recommendations

-informing and training the employees from the publich health system to corectly assess resources of people with disabilities, stimulate them and guide them to access community resources

-implementation of community actions and campaigns (consistently sustained) in order to  raise awareness of the general population with respect to chronic disease, disability, handicap;

-creating additional financial mechanisms to support autonomous living of persons with disabilities in the community by supporting social housing

-creating viable alternatives regarding housing especially for people with serious or severe disability because in many cases they do not have the resources to take care of themselves but neither they have support from their family or social network ( at this moment, there are few private residential centers and they are very expensive, not affordable by adults with disabilities; regarding public residential centers as well, the access is very difficult in terms of bureaucratic procedures and their criteria is often prohibitive precisely those people who most need this kind of support)


Article published on May 26, 2016.

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