Health Secretariat of the City of São Paulo – Project “Older persons Caregivers” (2007 – 2009)

Health Secretariat, City of São Paulo
Coordinators: Marilia Berzins and Sérgio Paschoal
Place: São Paulo
This project was started in 2004, in two of São Paulo’s districts (Sé e Mooca), seeking to increase in 20% the number of older persons served.
The purpose was to provide bio-psycho-social follow-up to older persons with functional impairment and lack of family or social support at their homes, aiming to promote autonomy, Independence, quality of life and social integration, so that they would remain in the community, and not be placed in a nursing home.
In addition to providing company and support for feeding and personal hygiene and home cleanliness, community caregivers support the older persons in outdoors and leisure activities, help in housekeeping, and mobilize the support resources available in the community.
The project developed a technical training methodology for older persons caregivers, and established a new type of service within the Brazilian Public Health System, enhancing public policies for the care of older frail and vulnerable people.
In 2008, due to a positive evaluation received, the Primary Care Coordination Office of the City Health Secretariat decided to turn it into a public policy for frail older persons of the city of São Paulo. It was thus expanded to other 12 city districts and named “Older persons Caregivers Program”.
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