Help for people with dementia and their families

The Center for Dementia Project, implemented by the Gerontology Center Kragujevac in partnership with the Health Center Kragujevac, was realized with the aim of improving the quality of life of people with dementia and their families. This project was supported by the European Union with EUR 168,169.76, while project implementers managed to obtain another EUR 22,932.24 through co-financing.

Poor prevention and late detection of dementia, as well as the lack of short-term and daily accommodation for dementia sufferers were part of the problem that this project focused on. Also, poor familiarity of people with risk of illness and their family members further complicated the way treatment of this disease.

The project organized the Dementia Counseling Service that provides services to informal caregivers, family members of the sick and people at risk of dementia. SOS telephone line was established and a web site was created. In response to the need for care of patients, project renovated and furnished space for short-term accommodation of persons with dementia.

As a result of the implemented activities, capacities for future provision of short-term and daily accommodation services and counseling services have been built. In the future it is expected that the competent ministry will standardize these services and that examples of good practice of the Gerontology Center in Kragujevac will be an incentive to establish the same or similar centers throughout Serbia.

The project team from Kragujevac emphasizes that greater cooperation is needed between grant beneficiaries and relevant local institutions in charge of issuing building permits. City institutions need to be resolved according to the accelerated procedure of requirements regarding the implementation of EU funded projects.

The project is implemented under the grant scheme “Development of efficient services in community areas of education and social welfare at the local level”. This grant scheme with a budget of 5.5 million euros, finances project activities for 30 beneficiaries and covers local self-government, civil society organizations, and relevant institutions at the local level aimed for the promotion of social entrepreneurship and for preventing the dropout children from the school system in Serbia. The project also aims to increase the capacities of the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs in the management of the grant scheme, as well as to guide and modernize the process of drafting the Strategy for Social Welfare and other innovative regulatory mechanisms in the field of social policy.