The Seimas Ombudsman stressed the importance of educational activities for the elderly residing in social care institutions

 

IMG 0051There should be more social-educational activities, and residents should get more attention from the personnel of social care institutions. Prof Irena Leliūgienė holds the view that the engagement of the elderly into different activities should involve improvement of existing skills as well as the development of social-cultural activities.

The Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas welcomed participants of the conference by noting that residents living in social care homes should not lose their dignity. Therefore it is necessary to promote integration so that they would feel fully-fledged members of the society.

Echoing educologist Prof Leliūgienė, the Seimas Ombudsman drew the attention of participants of the conference to the lack of socio-educational activities in social care homes.

"It seems that they are fed well, and they have a roof over their heads; however, like every human being the elderly living in care institutions need a wider range of activities and those activities have to be personalised to address the needs of each resident," noted Mr Normantas.

Dr Audronė Astrauskienė, the Deputy of the Public Health Department of the Ministry of Health, introduced the operational objectives of the Public health bureaus and stressed that they should contribute to the implementation of prevention programs in social care institutions and prisons. Mrs Astrauskienė presented the acutest public health problems in municipalities and suggested funding possibilities for the potential projects in public health area.

The event culminated in practical examples for the implementation of preventive programs and pastime activities presented by Mrs Jūratė Valentinavičienė, the Health Promotion Specialist of Panevezys Public Health Bureau. Moreover, the importance of educational activities was highlighted by Raminta Starevičienė, the Head of Daily Social Care Unit of Kaunas Panemunės social care home.IMG 0053

Furthermore, the project on Human Rights of Older Persons in Long-term Care which is implemented by the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) in cooperation with the Seimas Ombudsmen's Office, and other NHRI's of Europe was introduced to the audience of the conference. The project is funded by the European Commission (DG Employment).

The Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office has organised the event with the aim of drawing attention to problems of the elderly residing in care institutions.

The Seimas Ombudsmen defend the human right to good public administration, which ensures human rights and freedoms and oversees public authorities to ensure they comply with their duty to adequately serve the people. The Parliamentary Ombudsmen also carry out national prevention of torture at detention facilities under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.