The main objective of the service is to provide the necessary supportive services to enable the Elderly and the Disabled to live at home for as long as possible and to promote their social functioning within the family and the community. This objective is supported by the following services:
- Home-care service
- Day-care service
- Residential care service
The government encourages local communities and non governmental organisations to develop supportive services on the local level in order to accommodate the needs of the people of their communities.
Home care Service aims to support vulnerable groups of people in order to enable them to live at home, to develop their personal skills and to support the family unit to accommodate the family΄s elderly/disabled members.
Social Welfare Services employ carers who visit people in need of care at their own premises and provide services according to the old/disabled person΄s needs. Carers can also be employed by Community Councils or may be self-employed. The salary of the carers of the last two categories is paid by the Public Assistance Fund.
Home Care service, provides personal hygiene, house cleaning, washing of clothes, cooking, payment of bills, shopping, e.t.c..
Home care is provided to people entitled to public assistance benefit or people who can not meet their special needs by their income.
People interested to receive Home Care, may fill in the Public Assistance Application Form and submit it to their District Social Welfare Services Office.
The day-care service offers the elderly and the disabled the opportunity to live at home for as long as possible. People who can not care for themselves can spend their daytime at their local day-care centre where they are offered cooked meals and laundry facilities. Their entertainment and the creative spending of their time, is among the priorities of the day-care centres.
Day care centres that are operated by the Community Welfare Councils are financed by the Scheme of State Funding.
Residential Care is strictly provided to people when their individual needs can not be met on a 24 hour basis by their family or other supportive services.
The Social Welfare Services place people in need of Residential Care in governmental, community or privately owned Residential Homes.
According to the relevant legislation the Social Welfare Services are responsible for the registration and supervision of the privately owned and community Residential Homes for the Elderly and the Disabled.