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The Supportive Community – Staying at home doesn’t have to mean staying alone

The Supportive Community service provides elderly people living in their own homes with a comprehensive range of services , allowing them to remain independent at home

Author:  Ruchama Shlein / Family care
Last update23/05/16
Intro:The Supportive Community service provides elderly people living in their own homes with a comprehensive range of services , allowing them to remain independent at home

Many elderly people prefer to carry on with their familiar daily lives in their natural surroundings.  The Supportive Community service has been developed especially for them.

Supportive Community provides its members with a range of services to help preserve their quality of life, independence and privacy. The program offers its participants personal safety, access to medical services, 24/7 communication and social and cultural activities. Services help members cope with loneliness, housekeeping and daily errands, and provide counseling and information services.

The range of services provided by Supportive Community

·         Round-the-clock supervision via an emergency panic button

·         Social and cultural activities in a community clubhouse

·         Home repairs by the Community Caretaker

·         Information services provided by the local social services

Emergency watch

To ensure their personal security, members of the Supportive Community,  are given an emergency panic button, worn on the wrist like a watch, which connects them with the following services:

·         An alarm in case of emergency

·         Immediate connection to a medical call center

·         Ambulance service

·         A Community Caretaker who keeps in touch with members regularly

·         Police

·         Fire department

The Community Caretaker

The Community Caretaker knows all members of the community and keeps in touch with them regularly.  His task is to meet all their daily  needs, quickly and reliably.  He takes care of problems in the home, fixes what he can, and calls plumbers, electricians and other professional repair persons when necessary. Whenever a maintenance problem arises, he’s the one to call.

Calling for a doctor

Members can request a doctor’s home visit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for a nominal fee.  An ambulance can also be summoned for a nominal fee, even without a doctor’s authorization.

Social activities

The activities are adapted to the interests of members of the various communities.  They are designed to fill their lives with something meaningful, and encourage the lonely to come out and take part in activities and social interaction.

Information and welfare services

Every Supportive Community has its own social worker who advises  members on topics such as legal rights and eligibility for various benefits.

How Can I join?

To join a Supportive Community, apply to the local welfare service. Membership involves a monthly fee.  Those eligible for the long-term care benefit (Long-term Care Insurance Law) of Bituach Leumi can get the emergency panic button through this benefit. A discount on fees  may be granted, based on criteria of the Ministry of Welfare.

Press here for a full list of Supportive Communities

The information presented in the english website is partial. For full info please visit our hebrew website

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