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People with dementia: decreasing the risk of social exclusion

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Source of Funding: EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014
Program: NGO Project Measure (2009-2014)

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The aim of the project: to ensure social rehabilitation and support service for people with dementia living in Ventspils city and its district, as well as promoting their rehabilitation and social integration.
Place of realization: the multifunctional family support centre "Ventiņmāja", 39 Talsu Street, Ventspils
Main activities: to ensure the daily work of the centre, develop constant list of services by taking into account the needs of the clients, recruit specialists (a social worker, a rehabilitator, an ergotherapist, a carer and activity supervisors), organize social care and rehabilitation services as well as activities for day care clients.
Results: established functioning day centre for people with dementia with a variety or services available and a possibility to receive an individual support for the client and members of their family. With this project, the society's attention will be drawn to the problems and solutions regarding people with dementia; social awareness and support for the families will increase overall tolerance and will improve the social well-being of people with dementia.

Project results: The amount of adults diagnosed with permanent cognitive function damage syndrome or dementia in the society is growing. Dementia is the damage of attention, thinking, problem solving, memory and speech. It is a serious everyday activity- and communication-limiting factor. The aim of this project was to ensure a complex of social rehabilitation and support services for persons with dementia in Ventspils city, in this way encouraging the rehabilitation and integration of those people in the social environment. The target group of this project was involved by cooperating with family doctors and psychiatrists because these specialists have the most information about people with corresponding diagnosis.
As a result of this project a functioning day centre for people with dementia has been created in Ventspils city. 10-15 clients have visited this centre on a regular basis. A stable and wide rehabilitation service choice adapted to the individual needs of clients has been created. These services have been provided by the specialists working in the day centre – 1 social worker, 1 social rehabilitator, 1 ergo - general practitioner, 1 carer and 7 volunteers for different activities, 1 masseur and 1 physiotherapist.
Social rehabilitation services were directed to the dementia patient social and functional skill development, involving the clients in different activities – memory training, art, music, handicraft, physical activities, health and thematic activities. During the project 291 activity took place, altogether 335 hours, during which the main emphasis was put on the memory training, speed and subtlety of thinking, developing concentration skills, small motility of fingers, in general acquiring different new skills and securing the existing skills. Clients were able to receive a therapeutical massage course of 15 hours and to participate in 20 hours of physiotherapy.
In the day centre people with dementia and their relatives received psychological support, their social isolation was reduced and their mutual cooperation was developed. By providing psycho-social and informative support, 26 client family members were involved in a support group of people with dementia.
During the project 32 client cases were set up, and 101 persons, including family members of the clients, were consulted by a social worker about different questions according to the dementia patient everyday life.
To attract society’s attention to solving problems of dementia patients and to inform about the day centre’s services, an open day event was organized, in which 33 participants took place, including clients, voluntary workers, non-governmental organization representatives, local government representatives and partners.
During the project 6 press releases were prepared and sent for publishing in mass media, as well as put in the web pages of organization “Integration Incubator” and “Latvian Red Cross” Kurzemecommittee, and about 500 info flyers about day centre’s services were prepared and spread.
After the end of this project the multi-functional day centre for people with dementia “Ventiņmāja” continues to work and it’s operation is further financed by the organization “Latvian Red Cross” Kurzeme committee.

Supported by the EEA Grants. Case number: LV03. Programme name: „NGO fund”

Project number: 2013.EEZ/PP/1/MIC/043
Project approval date: 14.05.2014.
Project contract date: 04.07.2014.
Status of the project: Pabeigts
Name of Project Promoter: The Association „Integration Incubator”
Type of Project Promoter: Association/Foundation
Name of project partner: Biedrība „Latvijas Sarkanais Krusts” Kurzemes komiteja
Place(s) of implementation: Ventspils
Project implementation region(s): Kurzeme Region
Project duration, months: 8
Total eligible costs (Programme co-financing and Project Promoter’s contribution): 21750.11 EUR / 15 286.06 LVL;
Programme co-financing (EEA Grants – 95%): 18596.34 EUR / 13 069.58 LVL;
Programme co-financing (State budget – 5%): 978.76 EUR / 687.88 LVL;
Project Promoter’s contribution: 2175.01 EUR / 1 528.61 LVL;
Legal address: Saules iela 106—167, Ventspils, LV-3601
Phone No.: 29490561
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Website: -

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