publication . Article . 2017

Care at home for elderly – lessons learnt from the Swiss Red Cross “Integrated Home Care” in Eastern Europe/CIS

Rutschmann, Christine;
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  • Published: 17 Oct 2017 Journal: International Journal of Integrated Care (IJIC) (eissn: 1568-4156, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Ubiquity Press
Abstract
Introduction: The Swiss Red Cross (SRC) is supporting local partners in Eastern Europe/CIS in developing services to allow elderly a dignified ageing in their homes. SRC promotes integrated medico-social home care services in agreement with the local partners, their strategies and capacities. “Help to self-help” is crucial besides the provision of good quality low cost services, accessible for people in need. In many post-Soviet countries, cooperation between Health and Social Ministries is rather weak. Access to health/social care services is a challenge for older people due to low pensions, lack of transportation means and low self-mobility. At policy level, t...
Subjects
free text keywords: integrated care model; supporting carers; resilience/coping in old age; involving communities; older people’s care in the home environment; promoting dignity and end of life
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