The Guarda District is aging. More than five thousand elderly people are in a vulnerable situation. There are few answers to the number of people that increases every year without any type of family/social support.
The Guarda District is aging. Younger people leave in search of better conditions, leaving the elderly behind, often without any type of family/social support. Resilient people, who want to continue living their days in the tranquility of their homes and who do not want to abandon what they have spent their lives achieving. People as valid as those who leave and who do not yet carry the weight of a life.
These are the ones that Rugas de Sorrisos wants to support and help. We argue that institutionalization should be done, not by age, but by health condition. It makes no sense to us that autonomous people see themselves as “forced” to institutionalization, when they can have a life “out here” and freedom of choice in their daily routines, even with some background support.
We can be the answer, but to do that, we need you.
At this crucial stage of Rugas de Sorrisos, we appeal to all those who see themselves in our cause, to help us make a difference. As? By supporting this campaign you are sponsoring an elderly person!
"Alone we go faster, but together we go further!"
About the author
Rugas de Sorrisos - Social Support Association, with IPSS statutes, was formalized in October 2017 and has been promoting in the Guarda region a pioneering service of proximity and support to the elderly and their caregivers, allowing them to postpone or even avoid their institutionalization.
We emerged in a context of great needs at this level, which place the Guarda district in 2nd place, nationally, with more elderly people alone and isolated. These data, from the Senior Census, have worsened considerably in recent times, with more than 5 thousand elderly people in a vulnerable situation, which made us invest in expanding our responses.
To achieve this, networking was, and is, fundamental. If we achieved the objectives we set for ourselves, it was thanks to the financial support from the application of Partnerships for the Impact of the Public Initiative of Portugal Social Innovation and social investors, who recognized the relevance of our work and supported 70% and 30%, respectively, of our expenses over the last few years; On the ground we were able to expand our range of action and create more value for the situations we monitor thanks to the cooperation protocols made with the GNR and the PSP, which identified the most urgent and delicate situations, promoting their inclusion.
Through a multidisciplinary team, we have supported to date, with our services - home companionship, consultation support, shopping, treatments, services, visits to family members, individual and group activities for cognitive and sensory stimulation, health care and well-being. services that can be individual, such as help with bathing, physiotherapy treatments, massages, nursing care or holistic therapies and trips - 141 elderly people in the social inclusion register between the municipalities of Guarda, Mêda and Trancoso , and soon we will also be in Pinhel and Sabugal.
We believe we are the perfect accomplice in the day-to-day life of this age group, to whom we offer attention and emotions, in a simple, creative and competent way, adapting to their needs and tastes.
But to continue doing so we need your support!
Help us achieve this goal by dignifying someone's tomorrow!
Be the difference we need! Build it with us. Thanks!