[Brazil – Province of Curitiba] In the first semester of 2012, the 9th Meeting of Elderly Caregivers of the Province of Curitiba took place, in the cities of Ribeirão do Pinhal, in the state of Paraná, and Rio Pardo, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. In the second semester, the meeting will take place in the cities of Prudentópolis and Umuarama, both in the state of Paraná.
At the meetings, we considered the themes: Health of the Elderly People; Skills and Abilities of the Caregiver; Protection Techniques during the transfer of Elderly People; Public Health; Ethics and Care of Life.
These meetings happened by regions (geographical proximity) and are organized for the Institutions of Long Term Care where the Daughters of Charity work in three states of South of Brazil: Paraná, Santa Catarina e Rio Grande do Sul.
Those who attend the meetings are elderly caregivers, men and women, who collaborate with the Daughters in the service of the elderly, taking care of their well being, for example, in these areas: nursing, physiotherapy, nourishment, personal hygiene, occupational therapy, spirituality, leisure, etc.
The goal of these meetings is to offer the opportunity to the elderly caregivers to develop more skills to give quality assistance. Those elderly people who live at the Long Term Care Houses are, most of them, dependent, limited to their beds, with physical limitations, some are in wheelchairs, some have Alzheimer’s and others mental illness. Many of them don’t have any family or were abandoned.
The regional meetings are held by the Social Work Commission of the Province and have the support of all Communities and Institutions of the respective regions. In the Province of Curitiba there are 9 Long Term Care Houses with 500 elderly people.
Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers and Physicians collaborated in this meeting which had 112 elderly caregivers.
“Blessed be to God!” (Saint Vincent de Paul)
Sister Vilma Geopato, DC
Social Work Commission