The Programme targets older persons (aged 60 and older) with specific vulnerabilities, as well as formal and informal caregivers at home, if any. It considers the restoration, promotion and maintenance of maximum comfort, performance and health assistance for the elderly. The Programme also includes a variety of activities, such as nursing care, daily-life assistance, help in housekeeping, housework and meal preparation—helping with health-care activities, providing assistants with the appropriate information and skills, etc. It aims to secure safe, comprehensive, coordinated and multidisciplinary care, ensuring that older persons are placed at the centre of the care plan by treating them with dignity and respect and providing informed care that comply with the Human Rights-based Approach and the Do No Harm Principle.
“Step by step, together, we can take care of them, because they count...”
Motivated by affection, our volunteer team of the Home-based Care Programme for Seniors works, in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in the Rural Damascus SSSD community centres (based in Sett Zainab, al-Hameh, Jaramana and Adra) to provide safe and comprehensive care, while making sure to place the older person at the heart of a plan specially customized for them, accompanied by a friendly close presence. This is done by treating them in a dignified manner, based on sympathy and respect, through a variety of multifaceted activities, specially designed for each of them and their caregivers (if any)—all with the aim of helping the older person maintain their personal hygiene (shaving, haircutting, etc.), helping them in household chores (preparing a healthy warm meal, tidying the house, etc.), taking care of their health (e.g., accompanying them to the health clinic, organising their medication intake, measuring their vital signs, and training caregivers to use the blood pressure monitor), as well as spending quality time playing recreational games (cards, backgammon, chess, riddles, and so on).
An older person, while accompanying him, exclaimed: “We lived a life’s journey, we went through hard times, but with you, the world is certainly a better place!”