Home Assist – a new service for the elderly in Gozo, has been launched by the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana. The service is the first one of its kind to be offered in the country.
This innovative service service will help the elderly to continue to live within their community Minister Justyne Caruana said.
The Home Assistants who will be assigned by the section, were given several hours of special training from professionals in the field, such as in customer care and geriatric care.
The Minister said that the service, will be provided primarily by Home Assistants so as to provide continuous contact and help to to the elderly within their homes.
The Home Assistant, will be, or is already, getting in touch on a regular basis and in addition will provide information to the elderly on available services and any costs involved, assistance will also be provided so that the lives of elderly people in the community becomes easier, especially in relation to daily chores.
This service will therefore provide comfort and reassurance for both the elderly themselves, as well as for their families, said Dr Caruana.
Justyne Caruana said that, as much as possible, the elderly should be able to remain living in the community and therefore the Ministry for Gozo has launched this Home Assist service, where the aim is to continue to strengthen what is available and address the real needs faced by the elderly.
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