Elderly care consists of different aspects of help: help in everyday life, long-term care, homes for the elderly, hospices, home care
One of the fastest growing populations in the world today are the elderly. A large number of elderly people is living without adequate care or any care whatsoever; they are left to themselves. Elderly care consists of different aspects of help: help in everyday life, long-term care, homes for the elderly, hospices, home care. The emphasis is on the social and personal needs of those people who need help in everyday activities and health care, but who also want to age with dignity.
Society does not have enough institutions and non-governmental organizations that would care for this population; the cause for that can be found in the lack of awareness, and the lack of financial resources, human resources, equipment, etc. It is important to mention that a big part of global care for the elderly belongs in the field of unpaid work. With that in mind, Croatian Baptist Aid considers it necessary to include this group into its humanitarian work.
Croatian Baptist Aid seeks to organize activities, mobilize and network all possible resources in order to improve life conditions of elderly people, so they could have a normal life in their own homes, in their primary social setting and among the people they were surrounded most of their life.
Therefore, Croatian Baptist Aid aspires to:
- secure the availability of social services
- offer psychosocial help
- ensure that the elderly continue to live in their own homes
- encourage learning and getting involved in the society
- help with maintaining personal and home hygiene
- help with procurement and taking of medicine
- offer help with transportation to medical and other facilities.
Humanity of the civilized society is manifested primarily in the care for elderly, weak and sick, those who cannot “give anything back”. Therefore, in working with this vulnerable group, it is of great importance that there are volunteers who give their time freely and selflessly. In that way, life conditions of the elderly are improved, and their faith in people and a sense of belonging is restored.