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Document Typology: Web Article
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Caritas - Cluj Napoca Home Health Care Center
Name of author(s): Caritas Cluj
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Language of the publication: Romanian
Language of the review: English
This page of the Caritas site describes both the aim of the Home Health care Centre and the services offered.
The purpose of this center is to improve the quality of life of the elderly or people with health problem by providing home health care and medical assistance.
Home health care and medical assistance services offered are accredited, with a partnership with the County Health Insurance House. With a recommendation from a specialized doctor, staff of the association Caritas is authorized to provide their services which include medical counseling. The Association also provides means to offset home health care (beds, walking frames, wheelchairs, mattresses anti-bedsores, crutches and walking sticks, etc.).
Personal health care services refers to support for basic activities of daily living (personal hygiene, feeding, walking inside) and instrumental support for activities of daily living (cooking, travel outside, doing shopping, etc.).
Activities of social assistance consist in information and social counseling, mediation in relation to other institutions of community, emotional support, legal or administrative counseling, health care tips for family members, organizing activities for assisted people and offering a monthly food package. Within these activities Caritas association aims to involve the beneficiaries in social activities: trips, participation in organized thematic celebrations for Easter, Christmas or other community activities.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
The home health care centers that exist in Romania have a well established aim and well structured in view of providing the care services the patients need. The communication between doctors and care centers are essential as the patients need to be placed in a centre that better suits their needs. This is why communication between doctors and patients must rely on trust and open communication for a better understanding of the disease and for accessing appropriate care/ counseling/ community activities.
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