New community services launched for the elderly in Gozo
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Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Active Ageing Justyne Caruana, has announced a series of new community services for the elderly in Gozo.
During the launch, which was held at the Dar Padova Day Centre in Ghajnsielem, Dr Caruana said that these services will continue to enhance and complement others that have already by introduced in Gozo by the Parliamentary Secretariat.
She added that they will also help to strengthen the concept of Active Ageing, as well as achieve a better standard of living for the elderly.
Dr Caruana noted that today for the first time, the Active Ageing and Community Care Directorate is incorporating all the services in one application method of a single assessment for all services performed by CommCare.
In addition, she said that the department has also prepared a flashcards system where all services are explained in a clear and precise manner.
The new services launched, include Respite at Home, where the department, through its staff, can assist elderly people in the comfort of their homes without the need to be transferred to a temporary residence. Dr Caruana explained that this is also to give some relief and support to their families and caregivers.
She said another is the Domestic Assistance Pilot Project, which will be started in Gozo and will fill the gap that exists between one service and another. This assistance will be provided to the elderly by government workers after it has been established the type of assistance they need.
A new and important initiative, the Parliamentary Secretary said, is an extension of the Meals on Wheels service, so that the elderly can also benefit from a second meal in the evening.
Parliamentary Secretary Justyne Caruana concluded by saying that all these are being implemented so that the elderly have the best quality services available to them, efficiently and in a short space of time. She also said that these services will be offered nationally, to ensure that they include everybody.