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Guardianship of elder people Print
Monday, 22 June 2009 12:04

In Ukraine, as in many other developed countries in recent decades has greatly increased proportion of elderly people. According to the Institute of Demography, Ukraine has 11 million of elderly people.

CF "Caritas Ivano - Frankivsk UGCC" since 2002 directs its work to improve physiological health and quality of life of older persons. On the basis of fund medical social work unit "Home care for seriously ill, lonely elderly people who, because of their physical condition or illness, permanently at home.

Home care of patients with HIV / AIDS Print
Monday, 16 March 2009 02:17

The "Home care for people affected by HIV / AIDS” began its activities in May of 2008 at CF" Caritas Church Ivano – Frankivsk UGCC". In order to meet project objectives the cooperation with the regional center for prevention of HIV / AIDS was adjusted, working meetings with the head of the center Misyura Volodymyr Oleksijovych were organized, private meetings with potential people were held, who are in need to provide detailed information on project activities and the types of medical and social assistance, which may be HIV- affected and people with AIDS.

Throughout the period from May 1 to December 31, 2008 31 HIV-infected person were adopted on care and maintenance, two of whom are children of 9 years and 4 years old, and four of them mothers with children under 18 months.

Today, social status and modest means of our wards led to what they most need financial assistance, as well as understanding, compassion and spiritual and moral and psychological support. Becoming a purchaser of this project, these people can get help in the form of personal hygiene kits and medicines, which they most needed in connection with their state of health.

According to the order of the Director of CF “Caritas - Ivano-Frankivsk UGCC" the reverend father Volodymyr Chornij, one thousand UAH of own funds of our organization were transferred to food base "Carpathian Trading House". The workers received food that had been sorted into sets. This event was held twice during the project - once in the month of June and the second time - in December, before Christmas holidays.

During the project assistance was provided in the amount - 8 844.00 UAH., including:

· Medical equipment - 6 290.00 USD.

· hygienic means - 1 554.00 USD.

· Food - 1 000,00 USD

It is also important for our wards was the fact that during the project they could, for their wish, to receive humanitarian assistance in the form of used clothes and shoes, bedding, which also has considerable significance for them, especially those families who have additional income ,except pensions.

Every kind of help for our wards is essential, first of all - it is their material support, on the other hand - is an expression of our care about them, because in our society it is difficult even psychologically and morally.

Unfortunately, our state is one of the highest rates of HIV infection. So appropriate for today is to help and to support people who suffered such severe disease in order not to feel alone, rejected by society. After all this promotes anger and aggression caused to all parties of their surrounding. It is also important to provide appropriate moral support to their family and friends, because it is very difficult to accept this reality, such as that your son or daughter - HIV-infected, or you can have grandchildren who may be infected with this virus and doomed to be sick so disease ...

It is worth while not to forget the issue of prevention of HIV infection among the healthy population and our youth. In connection with this, CF “Caritas - Ivano-Frankivsk UGCC” continued carrying out preventive activities on prevention of HIV infection.

Therefore it has become a tradition for our organization annually before December 1 to conduct various types of action in order to disseminate information on prevention of infection among the healthy population, as well as information on the epidemiological status of the disease in the world, in the country and in our region. Particular attention is given to work with school-aged youth.

That is why in 2008 we organized two workshops in the schools of our city on "Face to Face with AIDS”. The main purpose of these events was not only the dissemination of information about the disease, but generalization of all that children already know about HIV and AIDS. The focus - to show the real picture of "life" - the existence of HIV-infected and AIDS patients, and this is mainly drug addicts, persons deprived of their liberty, sexual minorities ... The important role played by the film "On the Edge," which reflects the lifestyle of these people, their problems and deadlock.

In addition, December 1, 2008 based CF Caritas Ivano - Frankivsk Church was organized a round table, which was attended by an independent expert from Germany, Mr. Sabine Erdman-Kudnevych and representatives of public and private organizations of Ivano - Frankivsk, with which our organization cooperates. The purpose of this event was to determine the level of cooperation between organizations and determine the evaluation of CF “Ivano - Frankivsk UGCC”, particularly of projects "Home care for the elderly people" and "Home care for HIV-infected and AIDS patients”.

In addition, after the roundtable Mrs. Sabina had an opportunity personally to meet with our wards and to talk with them about their needs, explain their views on the activities of this project and work on the workers themselves.

Overall, the results of our work we consider a positive impact on the overall morale of our wards, their relatives. We believe that even a short period of our activities, we can not deliver, but it is certainly easier life for one person, supporting them in difficult situations when they found themselves alone-on-himself in the embrace of this terrible disease. In fact, be good and joy in need - the main vocation benefactor.

Guardianship of elder people Print
Monday, 16 March 2009 02:16

In Ukraine, as in many other developed countries in recent decades has greatly increased proportion of elderly people. According to the Institute of Demography, Ukraine has 11 million of elderly people.

CF "Caritas Ivano - Frankivsk UGCC" since 2002 directs its work to improve physiological health and quality of life of older persons. On the basis of fund medical social work unit "Home care for seriously ill, lonely elderly people who, because of their physical condition or illness, permanently at home.

The main goal is to improve the quality of life of lonely, elderly people who need assistance.

Target group, which receives support from the CF "Caritas Ivano - Frankivsk UGCC", are elderly people, who have limited movement, which can not alone ensure the purchase of medicines and medical assistance, can not cook, clean or do what is necessary for a decent life, regardless of age or illness.

By creating the Center " Home care" not only patient care to those who need it will be achieved, but also public entities will receive support and significantly pressure from family members and neighbors will be relieved, without the cooperation of which the sufficient care can not be achieved. Those who are caring, usually women, are subject to significant risks and very ill, so some studies should be carried out and take away some stress.

Medico-Social Center "Home care" provides for the provision requiring a wide range of services, including:

  • Organization of their leisure time - communication, reading, walking;


  • Caring for the sick and powerless - this morning toilet, and bathing and dressing, and change of bed linen and many other sanitary services;


  • Household - shopping, cooking, feeding, washing, cleaning in the apartment, washing the dishes and ironing;


  • Medical services - measuring blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate, body temperature supply of drugs, setting compresses, mustard plaster, candles, enema, treatment of wounds, bedsores, massages and body rubbing, medical fitness and many other services for care.


Furthermore, based on the "Home care" the laundry is equipped, where social workers bring the dirty linen and clothes, which passed the stages of washing and ironing, delivered to the wards in a house, ready for use.

Center creates a spatial network and equipped with proper medical equipment, which allows for the use of issue that are in need of equipment that they need to meet their needs.

At the same time, along with the target group, which medical - social Center "Home care" serves, elderly people live and they are mobile, but are isolated from public life. According to experts, in recent years there appeared some complications with adjustment processes of groups of people that age to the requirements of the scientific - technological development, reducing of  potential health. All this leads to a shift in the social role of the elderly - old age in a society, often old age is associated with the period of disease, intellectual and physical weakness. Formation of these distorted stereotypes leads to the fact that whole generations grow biased to old age.

Socio-psychological impairment or underestimation of the elderly is closely associated with other unfavorable for their full operation circumstances, including:

  • loss of work
  • forced retirement
  • loss of personality - meaningful social roles.

This largely determines their dissatisfaction with life. However, elderly people should not passively "waiting for death" in the bedroom. Their experience, professional skills can solve the problem of adaptation to aging, if the elderly to enable active participation in public life.

The active involvement of lonely people in the processes of communication, facilitating social interaction and support of other elderly people needed for mental health of elderly. Rehabilitation of old age increases public awareness of their own importance, needs to recognize, respect from others, helps maintain confidence in their forces, which generally contributes to filling the life of older persons of character and sense. The problem of free time of the elderly  people and the realization of their recreational - developing potential is a topical area of work for Caritas Ivano - Frankivsk.


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