Mobile Team – a new home care service for people with disabilities

A new social welfare service for persons with disabilities called Mobile Team was launched in Hincesti Rayon. This service was created within the Social Assistance and Family Protection Department with the support of Community for All – Moldova project implemented by Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association.

The mobile team is an alternative social service that supports people with disabilities and their families in their own homes and in the community, especially in areas that are remote from centers of recovery or where there are no specialized services available.

The mobile team contributes to the early detection of disabilities in children, prevention of institutionalization, and social integration, ensuring that children and families have access to quality services.

The services provided by the mobile team are individualized and vary depending on each person’s needs. Thus, the people with disabilities can benefit from health care, social services, rehabilitation services / recovery (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy services, and psychological support), special training to stimulate the development, skills development for people with disabilities to live independently in the community, etc.

There are over 900 children and youth (ages 0 to 25) with disabilities in Hincesti Rayon, according to the Rayonal Department of Social Assistance and Family Protection.

The lack of community based services that focus on children’s and families’ needs leads to isolation and placement in residential institutions. The Mobile Team is the first alternative social service that comes to support the persons with disabilities and their families in their homes and in the community.

This is the second mobile team launched in Moldova. The first Mobile Team was launched in Ialoveni rayon in September of 2010. Two additional mobile teams will be launched in the near future in the cities Balti and Chisinau. Mobile teams will also be created in all rayons that show interest in providing this type of service.

The Community for All-Moldova project is implemented by Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association, supported by the Open Society Mental Health Initiative, in partnership with the Soros Foundation – Moldova and the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family.

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